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Great Second Acts

In Praise of Older Women
Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Empowering biographies of older women in history

Antony said of Cleopatra, "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite variety." Shakespeare's sentiment can be applied to the women profiled in Great Second Acts who refused to be defined by the dates on their birth certificates. Their lives are testimony that one can be feisty after 50. And to those who think otherwise, in the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "I dissent."

Marlene Wagman-Geller, author of Once Again to Zelda and Behind Every Great Man, presents a fascinating collection of biographical vignettes of dozens of women of a certain age who have excelled, inspired, and achieved. Learn how these women changed their respective fields of art, politics, science, mathematics, media, literature, activism, education, and more.

From actresses, yoga teachers, folk artists to business women, prime ministers, monarchs, and authors, this group of exceptional women will illustrate that women can achieve anything, no matter their age. Listeners will find biographies of influential women such as Prime Minister Margert Thatcher, chef Julia Child, Mother Teresa, feminist Gloria Steinem, actress Rita Moreno, Judge Judy Sheindlin, and many more; empowering quotes from strong women who refused to be kept down; and motivational, inspirational, and educational stories of older women.

Written in an accessible narrative style, listeners of all ages will enjoy Wagman-Geller's entertaining storytelling prose of these remarkable women. An excellent gift for students, mothers, sisters, or friends, Great Second Acts will endure and delight.

©2018 Marlene Wagman-Geller (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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An inspiring collection

Marlene Wagman-Geller's collection of stories about accomplished women from all walks of life and from many places in the world share the themes of resilience, persistence and the reality that we are products of our upbringing and our times, but that we need not be victims of them. With humor, candor and sass, Wagman-Geller reveals what inspires her about actresses, stateswomen, judges, nuns, and political activists, and in so doing inspires the reader to believe we can all have great second acts.

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