No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History

No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History

by Gail Collins


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A lively, fascinating, eye-opening look at women and aging in America, by the beloved New York Times columnist.

"You're not getting older, you're getting better," or so promised the famous 1970's ad—for women's hair dye. Americans have always had a complicated relationship with aging: embrace it, deny it, defer it—and women have been on the front lines of the battle, willingly or not.

In her lively social history of American women and aging, acclaimed New York Times columnist Gail Collins illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries. From Plymouth Rock (when a woman was considered marriageable if "civil and under fifty years of age"), to a few generations later, when they were quietly retired to elderdom once they had passed the optimum age for reproduction, to recent decades when freedom from striving in the workplace and caretaking at home is often celebrated, to the first female nominee for president, American attitudes towards age have been a moving target. Gail Collins gives women reason to expect the best of their golden years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316286541
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 20,886
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Gail Collins is a columnist for the New York Times. From 2001-2007 she was editorial page editor of the paper—the first woman to have held that position.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 The Colonies 9

2 The 1800s Arrive 30

3 Before the Civil War 45

4 The Mid-1800s 57

5 The Nineteenth-Century Finale 74

6 Turn of the Century 83

7 The Twentieth Century Arrives 99

8 The 1920s 110

9 The 1930s 131

10 The War 157

11 The 1950s 170

12 The 1960s 191

13 The 1970s 221

14 The 1980s 254

15 The 1990s 271

16 Into the Twenty-First Century 287

17 Onward and Upward 302

Acknowledgments 335

Notes 337

Index 405

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