Presented by Arts & Ideas at the JCCSF
Women and aging: as subjects go, it’s a combination akin to oil and water – or maybe oil and a lit match. Join celebrated New York Times columnist Gail Collins as she explores how attitudes toward older women have shifted in America over the centuries – from the Plymouth Colony view that women were marriageable if "civil and under fifty years of age," to quiet dismissal of post-reproductive females, to woman’s role as perpetual caretaker (even when she might need caretaking herself), to the first female nominee for president. Hear why women can, and should, expect the best of their golden years.
Since 1995, Gail Collins has contributed political commentary with keen insights and considerable wit to the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. From 2001 to 2007 she was editorial page editor of the paper, the first woman to have held that position. Her books include America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines; Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics; When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present; and As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. Her latest book is No Stopping Us Now: A History of Older Women in America.
Made possible through the generous support of The Jenerosity Foundation.