In Praise of Older Women

“Ageing,” observed columnist Suzanne Moore, “is a process of editing.” She didn’t mean it in the literary sense. “You know those people you didn’t like much? Well, don’t bother with them.” This panel explores the liberating effects of age, especially potent for women, and celebrates the productivity and entrepreneurialism of older women. It also takes a look at the tougher realities too: a gender pay gap that made pension shortfalls commonplace even before ill-considered changes to the State Pension Age, and ageism and sexism that impact women in specific and more damaging ways. With five women for whom life is in full swing: Asma Khan, Joanna Baker, Kit de Waal, Maxine Mawhinney and chair Catherine Mayer.