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Suzanne Braun Levine

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Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor and nationally recognized authority on women, families, media and changing gender roles. She was the first editor of Ms.magazine (1972-1988), and the first woman editor of the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review.

Her most recent published work is an e-book "You Gotta Have Girlfriends: A Post-fifty Posse is Good for Your Health" (Open Road Media, 2013)) It continues the conversation with women in the new stage of life she celebrated in three previous popular books, "How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After Fifty," "50 Is the New Fifty: 10 Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood" and "Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood."

She is a regular blogger for Huff/Post50, AARP.org and contributes to Encore.org, TheTransitionNetwork.org, VibrantNation.com. She is a Contributing Editor at More Magazine and reports on the ongoing changes in women's lives on her website SuzanneBraunLevine.com.

Her pioneering book on how men are changing the role of fatherhood, "Father Courage: What Happens When Men Put Family First" was published in 2000. In 2007, she co-authored (with Mary Thom) a widely acclaimed oral history of New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug. While at Ms. she developed and produced the Peabody Award-winning HBO special "She's Nobody's Baby: American Women in the 20th Century" and edited the book based on the documentary. She also conceived and co-edited "A Decade of Women: A Ms. History of the Seventies in Words and Pictures."

She is on the board of Encore.Org, the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, and on the Advisory Board for the Women's Media Center and The Transition Network.

Levine began her magazine journalism career as an editor and reporter for Seattle, Mademoiselle, McCall's and Sexual Behavior magazines after graduating with honors from Harvard University. She has received numerous honors and taught journalism at several universities.

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Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Be a Change Maker

Posted on 10/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeThere was a time when we couldn’t wait for things to change — for school to end and the summer to begin, to go away to college, to find a job, to find a better job, to find a partner, and perhaps find a better partner, to watch our kids grow up. But now we are just as likely to fear change, especially if we become preoccupied with the unpleasant ones that come with age. Actually the worst thing for …

Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: A Glass-Half-Full Frame of Mind

Posted on 09/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeAs we pass the halfway point of life we may begin to wonder what we will do with the rest of it. We long to explore new horizons of self-discovery and experience, but we fear the wages of age — loss, decline, disappointment. Is our glass going to be half-full or half-empty? The scale is tilted by circumstances — health, finances and luck — but it is also weighted by outlook. Those who head toward reinvention may first notice a shift in priorities …

Weighing In on Sandberg’s “Lean In”

Posted on 03/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkI’ve got 25 years on Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook honcho whose new book has people talking about how far women have come in the world of work. But much more than mere age separates the two of us. Sandberg is unabashedly ambitious, and she urges readers of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead to follow her example. Me, I’m not so ambitious — or perhaps I should say I’m nowhere near as ambitious as I was at …

Why You Should Go to Your Reunion

Posted on 01/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeAdmit it, you’ve sneaked a peek at the Facebook listing of a grade-school pal or enemy; you’ve Googled a high school sweetheart; you’ve even contemplated going to a reunion, after decades of scorning them. You may not be able to explain this increasing curiosity about those long-lost relationships, but we are all doing it. Think of it as historical house-cleaning. Among the many needs that emerge as we reach our fifties, sixties, and seventies is the need to explore the …

Four Areas Worth Reevaluating: Your Encore Self

Posted on 12/7/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeI have always dreamed of going on a safari — the elephants roaming, the lions stalking and the luxurious tent and campfire meals! This would be the moment to go for it — my kids are grown, my freelance work gives me the time flexibility, I am still healthy, and I have enough financial backing to take the trip of a lifetime. The problem is that now that my dream trip is an option, I am stunned to discover that …