Goodbye Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is retiring from the Boston Globe.

You can read her farewell column here, but there are two paragraphs I’d like to quote, because I proudly count myself as a part of that same generation of women.

What she wrote:

Looking backward and forward, I belong to a generation that has transformed our culture. We’ve been the change agents for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights. Now, we find ourselves on the cutting edge of another huge social change. This time, it’s the longevity revolution. Ours is the first generation to collectively cross the demarcation line of senior citizenship with actuarial tables on our side.

“Senior citizen’’ is now a single demographic nametag that includes those who fought in World War II and those who were born in World War II. We don’t have a label yet to describe the early, active aging. But many of us are pausing to recalculate the purpose of a longer life. We are reinventing ourselves and society’s expectations, just as we have throughout our lives.

She may be gone from the Globe, but I thankfully suspect that it’s not the last word we’ll hear from her. 

File photo of Ellen in 1980

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Author, editor, businesswoman, musician, lover of jazz and horses. Chief investigator of all things that go BUMP in the night.
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