This week continues the conversation about virtual renewment roundtables for career women. Renewment is a word my colleague and I made up. It is a cross between retirement and renewal. The term “retirement” suggests nothing about the future, but “renewal” does so we combined the two words.
Renewment is a forum and platform that supports career women through transition and change – for a lifetime. Note this is the first time in history that so many women are retiring from their primary careers — in most cases, careers that not only provided them with income but also personal satisfaction and purpose. Meeting since the beginning of the pandemic, our virtual roundtables consist of conversations with career women from across the country, most retired, some working part-time and several working full-time, all looking ahead to their next chapter in life. See renewment.org for more information.
Here are just two topics we addressed.
The women’s movement: Every woman had a story to tell. In many cases, it was what happened to them before the movement.
Here are some comments:
“I should have been an engineer, but no one ever suggested I could be one. It still bothers me,” said one woman. Another indicated that she achieved one of the top scores in her SAT exam and was given two choices: become a teacher or a nurse. She became a nurse; these limited choices still bother her.
One woman saw her mother as a role model because she went back to school to get her doctorate and then enter the workforce. The daughter was so inspired by her mother’s example that she formed a chapter of NOW (the National Organization for Women) with a few friends, and she became a teacher, showing her students images of women who had jobs and did things outside of the kitchen.
And yet another woman indicated that some friends left her because they resented her involvement in the women’s movement and for not marrying and having children. They all returned to her after divorces and empty nests.
Another said she was inspired by Gloria Steinem. Others recall trying unsuccessfully to get a credit card only in their own name, but were denied because the card required the signature of one’s husband. In some cases, women paid a price for asserting their personhood. One woman wanted to better understand her family’s financial situation, took a course on finance and became quite savvy, which was …read more
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