Joan Lobis Brown
Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms
Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms, is a portraiture series—accompanied by text culled from interviews—that focuses on American baby boomer women of diverse races, religions, sexual identities, professions, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
These women born between 1945 and 1964 were the first generation to expect that they could “have it all”: equality, family, careers, health, and prosperity. Now, they face challenges brought on by the demands of growing older while continuing to enjoy those same meaningful and evolved lives.
Women still are the targets of sexism and ageism. Older women are often invisible, remaining largely unseen by members of a youth-oriented society and underrepresented in popular culture and imagery. They are often euphemistically described as being “of a certain age,” as though an acknowledgment of maturity might be taken as an offense.
These photographs and stories bear witness to a generation that never gave up.