working women

What Women of America Really Wanted for Mother’s Day

Posted on 05/16/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionMother’s Day is big business. Over $18 billion was spent in the U.S. in 2012 (an increase of 8% over 2011) on Mother’s Day celebrations including flowers, candy, meals, and other gifts. Based on industry forecasts, this year the total was probably higher. Every mother I know loves the special recognition, me included. I appreciate that my husband and daughters let me sleep in a little longer, bring coffee and newspapers to my bed when I finally decide to open …

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 …

Women Are Working Longer

Posted on 02/13/2013 by |Online Executive Producer | Comments

WorkThe following is a guest post by Sara Rix, senior strategic policy adviser with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another headline highlighting the growing number of Americans who, for a variety of reasons, are pushing back their date of retirement. What gets less attention is that women comprise a sharply growing proportion of the older workforce. See also: 5 Jobs in Demand  At one time, the large majority of older workers were …