January 14th, 2011

Baby Boomer Women—Forging the Way

When we were young, we Baby Boomer women had a lot of bad attitudes tossed our way.  Women were routinely fired if they became pregnant, for example.  And as for the Pill and the so-called Sexual Revolution, a lot of women just felt more pressured than empowered.

But whether we were told to be ladylike and quiet as girls or told we couldn’t have that job we wanted as we grew into adulthood, Boomer women stood up and shattered those expectations.  We rallied, true, but most of all we got out there and we proved ourselves over and over and over again.

As a result, Boomers’ daughters grew up knowing that there were some struggles left—but far fewer of them doubted that they could achieve what they wanted to achieve.  And our granddaughters are going to be even freer to choose everything from when or if to have children to whether they want to be a homemaker or a CEO.  Or president, for that matter!

Boomer women stood on the shoulders of the Suffragettes and said that having the vote wasn’t enough if we couldn’t have economic independence as well.  Whether it was Billie Jean King, Sally Ride, or US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, we have also shown our country that everyone loses when our talents are held back.

Today, as we’re entering into our second lives, Baby Boomer Women have a lot to be proud of.  Most of us have lived lives that our grandmothers or even our mothers didn’t even dream of living.  And today we have every freedom to keep on truckin’ into the retirement we want to have.

Some Boomer women may decide that their retirement is going to be about beaches, bridge, and Beethoven at the symphony—in other words, a lot of relaxation and rest.  And that’s fantastic!  But I also have a feeling that we Baby Boomer women aren’t done changing the world yet.  And I’m looking forward to seeing what we do!

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