Corinne T. Field: Old Age was Once a Feminist Issue

Winning respect for female elders was an issue that cut across the color line separating black and white feminists in nineteenth-century America. The white transcendentalist Margaret Fuller urged women to cast aside their fear of becoming “old maids” and cultivate talents rather than youthful beauty. Sharing the same goal, the black abolitionist Frances Harper crafted poetry and fiction centered on a new type of heroine, one “not vainly striving to keep her appearance of girlishness,” who dedicated herself to growing old in the service of antislavery and women’s rights.

Nortin Hadler: Rethinking Aging- An Excerpt

“Prognosis is not a knell; it’s enlightenment,” says Nortin Hadler, MD, in his new book ‘Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society.’ Read an excerpt from the book.