WATCH OUT, OLDER WOMEN ARE COMING*
*with apologies to Colin Welland (Chariots of Fire producer)
I hope everyone is keeping well and happy, and has smashed almost the first quarter of this year. Isn’t it frightening that we are now facing the end of March, and with it the first quarter of the year!
Blimey - where did the time go?
I hope that you’ve managed to fulfil some of the goals you set yourself for the early part of the year and you’re on track to fulfilling some of the others.
But, not only is this time of the year good for reviewing what we’ve achieved (or not achieved, as the case may be) it’s also awards season in the performing arts sector.
And, last week we had the 95th Academy Awards (the Oscars) and like me, I hope you were chuffed to bits (and quite heartened) to see that a 60 year old woman was voted Best Actress!
What I’m referring to is Michelle Yeoh winning her Oscar for Best Actress for Everything Everywhere All At Once. Her acceptance speech was very authentic and honest and the one thing I took away from it was her inspirational speech stating that women are only done when they think they are. Don’t let anybody tell you differently!
Yes, it’s amazing for Michelle to win the Oscar over other, much younger, actresses but what excites me the most is the fact that the very male dominated voting panel of the Academy Awards has seen fit to award one of the most prestigious awards to a women aged 60+.
Ladies, dare we countenance the fact that the tide is beginning to change, and not just in the media/performing arts but in the whole of society? Ever so slightly…?
THE OTHER CHANGES I’VE NOTICED…
I hope, like me, you are heartened by the news about Michelle. But, it isn’t the only positive I’ve noticed over recent weeks. I’ve become aware of women in their mid sixties giving influential keynote speeches at a flurry of International Women’s Day along with women in this demographic dominating the media for days on end. It wouldn’t have been too long ago that stories including older women would have been dismissed by male, ageist and mysognistic male editors.
As I’ve said before, it won’t be overnight, but the tide is beginning to turn very slowly. May we see it in our lifetime.
So there we are. Another issue put to bed. I hope it resonated with you.
I hope you stay safe and well for the next fortnight.
Till a fortnights time