Woman Over Fifty—Our Labor Day Celebration

Posted on September 1, 2008. Filed under: Careers at Midlife | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, if you’re a woman over fifty, you can relate. In her speech for the Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton jubilantly stated: “My mother was born before women could vote. But in this election my daughter got to vote for her mother for President.”

There’s no question that we boomers were the transitional generation that drove this truly remarkable achievement. In fact, we indelibly redefined the role of women forever!

We joined forces, mounted our movement, and fought the establishment and the male chauvinists.  Despite considerable bumps, bruises, and blows to our ego, we cracked the glass ceiling and did much to liberate women from second-rate jobs and second-class citizenship.

We took women out of the kitchen and into the boardroom, exchanged our lace petticoats for tool belts, and went from selling at bake sales to selling on Wall Street. In fact, we go-getting gals accomplished greater strides in the name of womankind than our foremothers ever dared to imagine.

So let’s take a little time to give ourselves a long overdue and richly deserved pat on the back. Let’s celebrate Labor Day proudly wearing a bright pink collar. Although there’s much more to do, we gals certainly have come a long, long way!


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5 Responses to “Woman Over Fifty—Our Labor Day Celebration”

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Wonderful post Eileen! Let us remember where we came from, and how powerful we are!


Love this a lot. We all keep putting the effort and it is paying off…carol stanley

We have come a long way, baby! Remember that commercial? We are so empowered now that is the reason nothing can stop us. We reach for the stars, and not only touch them, but embrace them. Thank you for reminding us of our journey. It’s motivating to see how far we have come, as opposed to how far we have to go.

Great posts and thank you for reminding us just how far we have come. Happy Labor Day!



Great post. Yes, we women have come a long, long way AND it’s never too late and we are never too old to continue onward!


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