Boomer Women Smash the Stereotypes

Stereotypes abound about the desperate, depressive life-stages that women must “get through” in midlife. The big three for Boomer women are the empty nest syndrome, caregiving and grand-parenting. Let’s say you were a Boomer woman and got to pick which stereotype you get labeled with. Which one would you pick?

Boomer Women Smash the Stereotypes

Boomer Women Smash the StereotypesDoor #1: The Empty Nester

Abandoned mother, sneaking back into the rooms of her children who have left the nest and throwing herself on the bedcovers in a fit of tears and grief.

Boomer Women Smash the StereotypesDoor #2: Caregiver

Dutiful daughter crushed by the unending drudgery of caring for a parent who doesn’t even know who she is anymore.

Boomer Women Smash the StereotypesDoor #3: Grandparent

Plump, doddering old grandma making homemade streusel and wearing stockings rolled down to her knees.

You win! Because as a Boomer woman, you get stereotyped as all three! All someone has to do is mention “women over 50” in a marketing conference room or planning meeting, and the ghost of Whistler’s Mother rises in the room. Or maybe that farm woman with the pitchfork from American Gothic.

Here’s the truth…

  • The “empty nest” actually turns into the “next quest” (as brilliantly portrayed in those fabulous Toyota Venza ads).
  • Caregiving, not as prevalent or devastating as the press would make it, creates resources and resilience.
  • Today’s grandmothers are engaged, empowered and energetic.

Marketing professionals need to embrace these aspects of Boomer women in their marketing—and then Boomer women will be more inclined to embrace their brands.

 

 

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  1. The Midlife Gals

    Re: Door #2 – Sisters, Sally and Kelly Jackson, AKA The Midlife Gals online, forced our mother, The Ancient One, to play with us during our live-in, 5-year caregiving service to her. We MADE her laugh at her aging/dying predicament, because there was nothing else that could make that right or proper or meaningful. And, she rose to the occasion, like Norma Desmond…’ready for her close-up Mr. Demille!’ Take this little video as a sample of our love, devotion, frustration, entrapment and God-point service to our mother. Hehehehe…enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4ooXXm5kDU

    KK and Sal

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