What is a Boomer?
Definition of a Broad?
Born between 1946 & 1964
Just about everyone's got a Boomer in their life; a co-worker, neighbor, a cousin, maybe an uncle, auntie, our parents or grandparents.
What makes us different? We are 77 million strong!
We grew up voicing our opinions in the 60's, when gathered together for "Love-ins" and peaceful protests in the Park. The 1st of three Boomer decades, we "Hippies of the 60s", preceeded the "Me" generation" of the 70's and the "Yuppies" of the 80's - all very different.
The 60s generation experienced:
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome - Confirmed as a side effect from a thankless war in Vietnam. We accepted homosexuality, the reality of dying of AIDS and now living with AIDS. We used Birth Control Pills, in a dosage high enough to prevent the birth of an elephant - now regulated to a fraction of the original. Women were expected to enter the workforce. Not just for independence but because of high "divorce" rates, partially due to various, newly available birth control and legal abortion. The extended families we created became todays norm. We lived the American Dream which included real hot cars, and gasoline at 50 cents a gallon. In the 60s U.S. healthcare was considered the best in the world , and enjoyed a secure job market that included retirement benefits. We bought homes and lived on Credit Cards to support our lifestyle. (Until the credit nightmare of 2008.).
We grew up with TV & and took out college loans to major in... recreation?
Technology and entertainment was exploding. Transistor radios were "Made in Japan". Film transitioned from the big screen movie theater, to homes with color TVs that became HDTV entertainment centers, with on-demand films on Netflix, home grown entertainment on YouTube and up to date medical information at our fingertips thanks to Dr. Google.
Today, the majority of us are in our 60s, After years in careers, and raising kids, (often including grandchildren). Many are now also caring for "octogenerian" parents.
Boomers can expect to continue working into 70s. Why not? We're spiritually aware and active. We skydive, surf, exercise, take vitamins and look for ways to increase our longevity. We're into anti aging, reinventing healthcare, and ourselves as Entrepreneurs.
RETIREMENT - Our generation recreated the concept of "retirement" from life in a rocking chair, to include living the good life again after the kids are finally grown and gone, but not forgotten, because we often travel as multi-generational familys.
"A backhanded compliment for A female who doesn't need a male to tell her who she is." (Publisher's definition)
Beautiful or not, she is aware of her feminity and instinctively "turns up the burners" when facing unsurmountable goals - even if that means pinching their cheeks or putting on lipstick. Rosie the Riveter knew what she was doing when she wore Helena Rubinstein's RED. Like Scarlet O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" she sometimes makes the wrong choices, but lives "another day" to recreate herself.
BROAD MINDED WOMEN OF THE PAST:
Without going all the way back to Sheba; the incomparable, Mae West, (my Mom's favorite, the glam, Rosalind Russell, the original, Ethel Merman, infamous, Joan Crawford, who bulldozed her way into the boardroom of Pepsi, in 1963. And, firecracker, Lucille Ball, who married Desi, the man she needed to run her own studio. God bless the "fiercly independent" Lauren Bacall, who, "turned up the burners" for Bogie. She was a "good broad". Or was that, a great dame?
Can't Miss COLORFUL POLITICAL BROADS:
Eleanor Roosevelt - Whitty Broad
Bella Abzug - Colorful
Ann Richards - a Broad with balls.
With all due respect, Rosalynn Carter, because she danced on tables.
Ambassador, Shirley Temple Black must have been quite a Broad.
TODAY'S KICK ASS BROADS:
PIONEERS, deserve a special honor at any age:
Helen Gurley Brown
and Barbara Walter's... hair ;-)
Holy Cow!! How could I forget the fabulous "me" era on the Fox lot with Studio Head, Sherry Lansing and the unforgettable Jane Fonda? Separately but together, they both excelled in using their individual talents to craft the art of words on film for the world to see.
Hope you let me know if there's someone you think I should include.