On Women Turning 60: Embracing the Age of Fulfillmentby Cathleen Rountree
The women featured in these pages show us how they are working against stereotypes and reaching beyond common assumptions, about physical, mental, and social limitations on their lives due to their age. For this group portrait of feminine potential and achievement, Ms. Rountree has gathered a diverse roster of women including Ann Richards, Jane Goodall, Mary Travers… See more details below
The women featured in these pages show us how they are working against stereotypes and reaching beyond common assumptions, about physical, mental, and social limitations on their lives due to their age. For this group portrait of feminine potential and achievement, Ms. Rountree has gathered a diverse roster of women including Ann Richards, Jane Goodall, Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, and OhShinnah Fast Wolf, a Native American and codirector of the Center for Grandfather Coyote. They are painters, politicians, writers, activists, performers, psychologists, and nuns. Their faces are those of our mothers, our sisters, our grandmothers, our friends, and ourselves. Whether these women are confronting new challenges for the first time in their lives, or reaping the rewards of an enriching life, each one's story is a unique but universal testament to the strength of the human spirit.
Rountree (The Heart of Marriage, not reviewed, etc.) does not draw on the usual cast of feminist icons. The subjects constitute a cross-section of women, including politicians, performers, artists, writers, activists, and even one who styles herself a "woman warrior." Some are relatively well-knownfolk singer Mary Travers, author Ursula K. LeGuin, primatologist Jane Goodall; others are accomplished in other spherespoet Nellie Wong, tympanist Elayne Jones, quilter Virginia Harris. There are 20 women in all, each one briefly introduced with a picture and a bio, followed by a first-person narrative reflecting on the meanings of turning 60. The bios verge on the gushing sometimes, but Rountree is a skilled interviewer and leads her subjects to relect honestly and often eloquently about the decade that Carolyn G. Heilbrun, who wrote the foreword to this volume, has called a "gift." Their voices are distinctiveMatilda Cuomo speaks in the carefully framed sentences of a longtime political wife as she outlines her plans for a national mentoring program for young people, while Oh Shinnah Fast Wolf, the warrior, offers rich stories about her "messy" life. The women sometimes disagree about fundamentals. "Grow" older rather than "get" older is one piece of advice novelist Fay Weldon crankily contradicts: "Stop trying to grow . . . [have] a little less passion for self-improvement or perfection." What they frequently have in common is a drive to stay healthy (many have no health insurance) and a take-it-or-leave-it attitude about sex and romance.
Inspiring, yes, and as full of vivid anecdotes as a gossipy letter from an old friend.
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