Women’s History Month: Changing the Game As They Age

March 20, 2024

March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor the successes and sacrifices of U.S. women. It’s also a time to celebrate women and the vast roles they play in society — from caregivers to industry leaders to politicians to creators to entrepreneurs. Today, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by strong women who are making advancements in many parts of our culture and our world and they are not letting their age – or anything else – slow them down. In fact, these women warriors are changing the game with each step forward. Here are just a few of the women that continue to inspire us.

Sarah Jessica Parker

A lifelong thespian, this 58-year-old pop-culture icon is aging gracefully in front of the camera. Sarah Jessica and the full cast of HBO Max’s And Just Like That, such as Sarita Choudhury (57 years young) are showing us what women of a certain age look like, but not playing traditional grandmother-like roles. These trailblazing women are proving that there’s life after 40 and bringing mature, successful female characters and their stories into the mainstream. Move over, Golden Girls… There are more female-centric stories to tell!

Dr. Reisa Sperling

Dr. Reisa Sperling is a neurologist focused on the detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s, a disease that’s near and dear to our hearts. She is a Co-Principal Investigator at the Harvard Aging Brain Study in Boston, as well as a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, but these are just some of her many impressive accolades. She is also part of the Alliance of Women Alzheimer’s Research PIA (Professional Interest Area), working to create balanced global leadership in the Alzheimer’s field. Dr. Sperling is researching why women are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s and supporting essential female-based research. She was also named one of the “Most Disruptive Women to Watch in Healthcare” in 2017.

St. Paul Minnesota City Council

In its last election, the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, became one of the largest — if not the largest American city — to elect an all-female City Council. It has never been done before in St. Paul (and most other cities) making quite a distinction. These seven movers and shakers: Anika Bowie, Rebecca Noecker, Saura Jost, Mitra Jalali, HwaJeong Kim, Nelsie Yang, and Cheniqua Johnson are each serving a 4-year term through 2027, at least. We can’t wait to see what this powerful group accomplishes together.

Paget Brewster

Criminal Minds star, Paget Brewster, is done dying her hair and “pretending to be 35 again.” She scoffed at the age-old idea of hiding her true age — and their natural markers. By rocking her naturally curly hair streaked with gray, she’s joining the growing group of women in entertainment who are embracing their natural hair. Hilarie Burton Morgan, Allison Janney, and Andie Macdowell are also part of this impressive silver-streaked club. Shine on, ladies!

Let’s raise our glasses to the groundbreaking women who have come before us, the hard-working women around us, and the future generations who will no doubt be toasting them in the future. We salute you all!