No Stopping Us Now by Gail Collins audiobook

No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History

By Gail Collins
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Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown 9780316286541
13.45 Hours Unabridged
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A lively, fascinating, eye-opening look at women and aging in America, by the beloved New York Times columnist. "You're not getting older, you're getting better," or so promised the famous 1970's ad--for women's hair dye. Americans have always had a complicated relationship with aging: embrace it, deny it, defer it--and women have been on the front lines of the battle, willingly or not. In her lively social history of American women and aging, acclaimed New York Times columnist Gail Collins illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries. From Plymouth Rock (when a woman was considered marriageable if "civil and under fifty years of age"), to a few generations later, when they were quietly retired to elderdom once they had passed the optimum age for reproduction, to recent decades when freedom from striving in the workplace and caretaking at home is often celebrated, to the first female nominee for president, American attitudes towards age have been a moving target. Gail Collins gives women reason to expect the best of their golden years.

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A New York Times Pick of the Month

A lively, fascinating, eye-opening look at women and aging in America, by the beloved New York Times columnist.

"You're not getting older, you're getting better," or so promised the famous 1970's ad--for women's hair dye. Americans have always had a complicated relationship with aging: embrace it, deny it, defer it--and women have been on the front lines of the battle, willingly or not.

In her lively social history of American women and aging, acclaimed New York Times columnist Gail Collins illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries. From Plymouth Rock (when a woman was considered marriageable if "civil and under fifty years of age"), to a few generations later, when they were quietly retired to elderdom once they had passed the optimum age for reproduction, to recent decades when freedom from striving in the workplace and caretaking at home is often celebrated, to the first female nominee for president, American attitudes towards age have been a moving target. Gail Collins gives women reason to expect the best of their golden years.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Did feminism fail? Gail Collins's smart, thorough, often droll and extremely readable account of women's recent history in America not only answers this question brilliantly, but also poses new ones about the past and the present. Amy Bloom, The New York Times Book Review
Splendid...Collins is a masterful storyteller. Glenn C. Altschuler, NPR.com
A lively and well-researched compendium. . . . This enjoyable and informative historical survey will delight Collins's fans and bring in some new ones. Publishers Weekly
Collins continues her exploration of women's history with this breezy look at the position of older women in American society. This is a diverting and certainly interesting and valuable read. Booklist
Riveting and remarkably thorough in its account of this tumultuous period. Rasha Madkour, Los Angeles Times
Compulsively readable. Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
Gail Collins is such a delicious writer, it's easy to forget the scope of her scholarship in this remarkable look at women's progress. People
Exhilarating, accessible, and inspiring. Katha Pollitt, Slate.com
Gail Collins has an unflaggingly intelligent conversational style that gives this book a personal and authoritative tone all at once. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books
A lively celebration of women's potential. Kirkus
Known for the punch of her columns, Collins sprinkles conversational asides throughout to keep this hike through the decades spry. . . . Former New Jersey Rep. Millicent Fenwick . . . is just one of the many fascinating, unstoppable exemplars Collins manages to squeeze into this tightly laced historical corset. Heller McAlpin, NPR
The Times columnist sets out to tell the ‘story of women and age in America’ by diving into the long tradition of older women’s political involvement. This is a deeply reported book…an eye-opening guide to our shifting attitudes about aging, particularly when it came to women.” New York Times
A deeply researched, entertaining book . . . [Collins] brings a reporter's eye to the facts and anecdotes, and never without humor. New York Times
Collins . . . is a cheerful companion through the decades. Washington Post
An eye-opening guide to our shifting attitudes about aging."—New York Times
“Collins…is a cheerful companion through the decades…There are dozens upon dozens of heroic stories of remarkable women in this book that will be new to the average reader.” Washington Post
“Robust social history.” NPR
“A lively celebration of women’s potential.” Kirkus Reviews
“A lively and well-researched compendium…This enjoyable and informative historical survey will delight Collins’s fans and bring in some new ones.” Publishers Weekly
“Collins continues her exploration of women’s history with this breezy look at the position of older women in American society. This is a diverting and certainly interesting and valuable read.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Gail Collins

Author Bio: Gail Collins

Gail Collins is a columnist for the New York Times. From 2001 to 2007 she was editorial page editor of the paper, the first woman to have held that position.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 13.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English