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Inflection Point 133: Gail Collins and the Adventures of Older Women in American History

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Gail Collins and Lauren Schiller

When the colonists first came to America their ideal wife "was a woman who was civil and under 50 years of age."

In the early seventies an ad declared to women who were 25, "you're not getting older, you're getting better." And, today we celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nancy Pelosi and Jane Fonda--all over 70 years old. Today's guest Gail Collins wanted to know "what makes all this stuff go up and down like this?" Lauren spoke with Gail Collins, New York Times columnist and the author of the new book, “No Stopping Us Now. The adventures of older women in American history” on stage for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco in October of 2019.

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Lauren Schiller is the host and creator ofInflection Point, a podcast and nationally syndicated public radio show about how women rise up. Launched in 2015, and produced in partnership with KALW and PRX, Inflection Point was one of the first radio shows and podcasts in the country to exclusively feature conversations with women about how they build power and lead change. In 2008, Lauren co-created and co-hosted “The Lady Brain Show”, one of the first ever female-led podcasts. Lauren is an award-winning producer, was the Executive Producer of Audio for Salon Media, where she is a regular contributor, and has been a guest host for “The Conversation” on BBC World Service. Lauren is also a speaker and moderator at live events including INFORUM, The Commonwealth Club, Bay Area Book Festival, JCCSF, and Cal Performances