In recent decades renewed attention has been given to the notion of middle age and particularly to women in this age group. Many of us think that this is a welcome development. These women - popularly referred to as ‘baby boomers’ - have capitalised on the major sociocultural changes and transformed meanings and behavioural codes traditionally attached to this age group.
In numerous interviews, in both academic and popular media, the dominant sentiment voiced by middle-aged women is of overall satisfaction - a greater sense of confidence in relationships and a greater sense of authenticity: ‘now it is totally me.’
“Your fifties are a lot more interesting.
You feel more comfortable in your bones.
You know what you know and don’t know.
And you are not afraid to own up to not knowing!”
Ellen Barkin – American actress