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Raging, Aging Sisters Prove It's Good to Be a Woman
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Women; Aging; Reunions
Author: Trafford, Abigail
Date: Jun 12, 2007
Start Page: F.1
Section: HEALTH TAB

Our personal lives tell the story of historic transformation. Some of them are described by a classmate, Alison Baker, in her new book, "It's Good to Be a Woman: Voices From Bryn Mawr, Class of '62" (PublishingWorks). Baker calls us "a little-known 'in-between' generation, neither hippies nor housewives, difficult to define, more reticent than the boomers who followed, less angry, more confused, perhaps more thoughtful." As a fault line between old and new, we opened the way for our younger, noisier siblings.

Yet there is strength in this raging sisterhood. As [Ellen Zetzel Lambert] continued in Baker's book: "I think that in a sense we're lucky, as women, in that failure just isn't humiliating in quite the same way as for men. We're much more able to make something out of these failures."

Then we turn to the future. We're likely to live two or more decades. A few may show up at our 70th reunion, and our 75th. What do we do with this unprecedented gift of time? There's a sense of "Here we go again." We've already been through the civil rights movement and the women's movement, and now we're first up for the longevity movement.

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