On Women Turning 60: Embracing the Age of Fulfillment

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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, ...
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Overview

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.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rountree On Women Turning 50 continues her interesting series by interviewing 20 articulate and inspiring women aged 60 and over. While several of them have high profiles Rose Styron, Mary Travers, others are lesser known. The author has focused on diversity, including women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, such as Elayne Jones, an African American tympanist for the San Francisco Opera, and Nellie Wong, a Chinese American poet. Rountree allows her subjects to reflect, in their own words, on how they are dealing with aging and the satisfactions they have experienced in love and work. British novelist Fay Weldon provides a lighthearted but thoughtful look at the pleasures of loving a younger man"There is no contradiction between being mature and romantic"and Argentinean dancer Luly Santangelo discusses her long career. Although the women interviewed lead very different lives, they have in common a strong desire to live fully. As actress Maureen Stapleton puts it, "I think you oughta hang in for as long as you can." Photos. Oct.
Library Journal
Turning the age of 60 is a defining moment in many women's lives. Free of menopause and not yet to the age of cronehood, women in their sixties are more confident, able to live in and appreciate the present, and less vain. Rountree On Women Turning Fifty, HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. pap., a leader of workshops for women in mid-life, presents oral histories of 20 diverse women. She talks with the famous such as Mary Travers, Jane Goodall, and Ann Richards and the "famous" within their profession Elayne Jones, Matilda Cuomo, and Lucy Santagelo. While the volume is ethnically diverse, it includes few ordinary womenhousewives, laborers, and noncareer women. Still, it is fascinating to listen to these women's stories and their perspectives on life. Recommended for all public libraries and oral history collections.Jenny L. Presnell, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
Kirkus Reviews
A delightful series of interviews with accomplished women in their 60s that celebrates both the pain and the newfound freedom of growing older.

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-known—folk singer Mary Travers, author Ursula K. LeGuin, primatologist Jane Goodall; others are accomplished in other spheres—poet 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 distinctive—Matilda 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517707579
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/16/1997
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Mary Travers: The Singing Activist 13
Jane Goodall: A Woman in the Wild 28
Elayne Jones: The Rhythm Lover 43
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Space Crone 56
Terry Sendgraff: The Soaring Woman 70
Luly Santangelo: The Dance of Life 83
Fay Weldon: New Love at Sixty 94
Marion Woodman: The Body's Wisdom 106
Nellie Wong: A Radical Poet 117
Rachel Rosenthal: An Unconventional Woman 128
Maureen Stapleton: An Actress's Life 143
Oh' Shinnah Fast Wolf: The Woman Warrior 154
Matilda Cuomo: The Gift of Mentoring 172
Vijali Hamilton: The World Visionary 182
Riane Eisler: Twentieth-Century Renaissance Woman 195
Virginia R. Harris: An American Quilter 211
June Canoles S.N.D.: The Nun's Story 224
Rose Styron: A Poetic Passion for Justice 234
Nabeela George: A Courageous Life 247
Ann Richards: The Personal Is the Political 256
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