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Inventing Ourselves Again: Women Face Middle…

Inventing Ourselves Again: Women Face Middle Age

by Janis Fisher Chan

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It's axiomatic that women born during and just before the end of World War II grew up in a very different era. The friends, acquaintances, and family members Janis Fisher Chan tapped for Inventing Ourselves Again spill many woeful tales about the years when sex discrimination was the way of the world. "When I became a lawyer in 1965 and started looking for a job, it was hopeless," says Anita. "People would say, 'We called you in because we wanted to see what a lady lawyer looked like.'" This generation of women--"the baby boomers' older sisters"--surfed one cultural sea change after another. "In almost every year of our lives," says Marlene, "we were striking new molds, breaking new ground." And just like the boomers, they never expected to age. Now faced with time slipping away, these women mourn a loss of youthful zest, the easy assumption of sexuality, the sense of holding a vital place in the world of work and at home. But the very pressure of time works for them, too. "Why is it that with fewer years ahead, I see more possibilities?" asks Chan. Inventing Ourselves Again is an invitation to change course in mid-years, rather than a blueprint for it. By leaning heavily on the ruminations of a close circle of confidants, Chan ultimately delivers the loopy warmth, openness, and intimate charm of good friends sharing tips for clearing the next hurdle in their lives. --Francesca Coltrera

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