WOW: Women's Older Wisdom


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Pat TaubPat Taub

Books | Non-Fiction:


gift of years

  • Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Aging, Lynn Segal
  • The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully, Joan Chittister
  • Composing a Further Life, Mary Catherine Bateson
  • An Unknown Women; The Stations of Solitude, both by Alice Koller
  • A Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • The Second Half of Life, Angeles Arrien
  • The Crone: Women of Age, Wisdom and Power, Barbara Walker
  • The Journals of Solitude, May Sarton
  • Being Mortal, Atul Gawande—an enlightened approach for facing one’s mortality.
  • Wise Woman (Photographs of Older Women), Joyce Tenneson
  • The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion—coming to terms with widowhood.
  • The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron—using journaling to unlock your dreams.

Books | Fiction:

The Memoirs of a Survivor, Doris Lessing

  • All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville-West
  • Marrakesh in the short story collection, Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You, Alice Munro
  • An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine—older women supporting one another.
  • The Memoirs of a Survivor, Doris Lessing

Humor & Articles

  • I’m Too Young to Be Seventy, Judith Viorst
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, Nora Ephron
  • “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age, Grace Paley, The New Yorker, June 17, 2002

Films & TV Series

Evening, (2007)

  • Evening, (2007), Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep –  A dying woman reflects on her past.
  • Strangers in Good Company (1991), Canadian – Eight elderly women come together to fend for themselves when the bus they are traveling in breaks down.
  • Away from Her (2007), Julia Christie –  A woman’s decent into Alzheimer’s


  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Judi Dench, Maggie Smith – Elderly people’s retirement adventures in India.
  • Amour, (2012) French.  Jean Louis Trintignant, Emmanuella Riva – An elderly man cares for his dying wife.
  • Grace and Frankie (2015)  Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlison.  Friendship that develops between two 70ish women post divorce.
  • Call the Midwife (2012)  Midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950’s.  Central to the story are several remarkable older nuns.


  • Death Café, – A national organization where people come together to have coffee and openly discuss the intricacies of death and dying.
  • Continuing Education:  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – Email: to identify an OLLI campus in your community.

Pat Taub is a family therapist, writer and activist and life-long feminist. She hopes that WOW will start a conversation among other older women who are fed up with the ageism and sexism in our culture and are looking for cohorts to affirm their value as an older woman.