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In Our Prime: How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead with Susan J. Douglas

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Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis and The Lola - A Womxn's Club and Community, welcome author Susan J. Douglas for a virtual event to discuss her new book, In Our Prime: How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead, in which she calls on women of all ages to join together now to fight against gendered ageism, to secure our country’s financial safety net, and to make a brighter, more welcome future for older women. Douglas declares that it is time for the largest female generation over fifty to reinvent what it means to be an older woman and to challenge the outdated stereotypes—think doddering or shrewish—that Hollywood and TV have assigned them. She zones in on how the anti-aging cosmetics industry targets older and younger women alike with their products, and how Big Pharma ads equate getting older with disease and decline. Douglas exposes the ageism that mature women face at work, and why conservatives’ decades-long attacks on Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare disproportionately affect women. With a sharp sense of justice and fresh wit, In Our Prime sees a social movement emerging that may help to create a different view of—and life for—older women. It celebrates the women who broke down legal barriers in the past, as well as today’s activists, career women, actors, and others who defy stereotypical images by embracing their age, by remaining strong, and by being socially involved.

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Susan J. Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Communication and Media at The University of Michigan.  Her latest book, In Our Prime: How Older Women are Reinventing the Road Ahead was recommended as an “Editors’ Choice/Staff Picks” by the New York Times and hailed by the Associated Press as a “masterful takedown of gendered ageism.”  She is author of numerous books including, Celebrity: A  History of Fame; The Rise of Enlightened Sexism: How Pop Culture Took us from Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild; The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women; Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination; Where The Girls Are:  Growing Up Female with the Mass Media, and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922.  She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband.

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Susan J. Douglas calls on women of all ages to join together now to fight against gendered ageism, to secure our country’s financial safety net, and to make a brighter, more welcome future for older women.