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The Challenge Facing Fiftysomething Women

 

Once women pass fifty, if they can avoid the temptations of the eternal youth purveyors, the sellers of natural thinness and cosmetic surgery, they may be able to tap into the feisty girls they once were. And if, at adolescence, the importance of their own convictions had been reinforced, they might, at fifty, be ready to take on risk, display a newfound vitality, and bid goodbye to conventional limitations.

– Carolyn Heilbrun, The New York Times Book Review