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Janet Street-Porter explains why women are still hard at work

Last December, although I find it hard to believe, I turned 75. For most women of my parents’ generation, reaching such a milestone would have marked a decade from the end of their working lives; Ten years dedicated to rest, caring for great-grandchildren or helping the community.

For many, after years of feeling undervalued in low-paying jobs, the prospect of a peaceful retirement was a welcome one.

But over the last decade, a revolution has taken place. The Three Quarters of a Century Club has emerged: loud and proud, utterly glamorous and blatantly refusing to age gracefully.

They are miles away from the mentality of my mother’s contemporaries. My generation of women has fought convention, breaking down the barriers that restricted our lives.

Last week, Charlie's Angels star Jaclyn Smith posted photos online showing her looking amazing at 76.  Janet Street-Porter says that all women in their 70s who act and think - and enjoy everything from sex to fashion - just as they did in their 40s and 50s

Last week, Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith posted photos online showing her looking amazing at 76. Janet Street-Porter says that all women in their 70s who act and think and enjoy everything from sex to fashion just as they did in their 40s and 50s

We were the first to get the contraceptive pill, to wear miniskirts to work, to fight for equal pay and conditions, and to campaign for better pension rights.

It’s no wonder so many of us are still hard at work, then, with many stars front and center in film and television, on stage and in the recording studio.

Cher (75), Diane Keaton (76), Joanna Lumley (76), Stephanie Beacham (75), Patricia Hodge (75), and last week, Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith, who posted photos online showing her show looking amazing at 76 years old. All women in their 70s who act and think and enjoy everything from sex to fashion just as they did when they were in their 40s and 50s.

What are the two words we Three-Quarters-Of-A-CenturyClubbers hate the most? slowing down Putting their feet up is a foreign concept for these innovators, who have always earned a decent wage, love the job, care about their appearance, and enjoy new experiences and challenges.

Why should the mid-70s mark the beginning of surrender? I could not agree more. I was always ambitious (since my teens) and never thought about retiring; I wanted to do interesting work for as long as I could.

At 75, I have no intention of trading my sneakers and dyed hair, shocking pink jackets and Zara dresses for something more elegant and ‘age appropriate’.

Janet, 75, (pictured) says she's been working as hard now as she was in her 40s and 50s, writing her weekly column and hosting Loose Women for the past 10 years.

Janet, 75, (pictured) says she’s been working as hard now as she was in her 40s and 50s, writing her weekly column and hosting Loose Women for the past 10 years.

Come to think of it, what is ‘age appropriate’ in 2022? I want that term thrown away forever.

I am working just as hard now as when I was in my 40s and 50s. I write a weekly column for MailOnline and features for the paper, and have been hosting Loose Women for ten years. I also write speeches for organizations like WI.

I am blessed with good health and a positive mindset. Because the key to coping with aging is to refuse to look back or sink into nostalgia, thinking that the best things in life have already happened. Instead, you need to keep an open mind and get excited about what’s around the corner.

Positivity is a key ingredient for good aging. I only turn down work that is exactly the same as what I’ve already done. If something is new and sounds risky, it is much more interesting. So what if it’s a flop? At least it will be an experience.

Helen Mirren (pictured) graced the cover of People magazine's Beautiful Issue, the 76-year-old says she puts

Helen Mirren (pictured) graced the cover of People magazine’s Beautiful Issue, the 76-year-old declares that she puts ‘swagger’ before beauty when it comes to looks.

Those jaw-dropping photos of Jaclyn Smith show that she’s just as beautiful now as she was in the 1970s TV series. Sure, clever makeup and camera effects play a part, as does diet and good health. hair, but Smith has latched onto that unabashed sex appeal.

However, Helen Mirren is the leader of the club. Appearing on the cover of People magazine’s Beautiful Issue, the 76-year-old declares that she puts ‘swagger’ before beauty when it comes to looks.

Her busy work schedule is the key to her vitality and zest for life, and the obvious fact that she doesn’t gladly put up with fools or take on roles she won’t enjoy.

Once viewed as a sexpot, she found success in later life playing a variety of aristocrats and monarchs in dramas, from Elizabeth II to Russia’s Catherine the Great, and now Elizabeth I at last Sunday’s Platinum Jubilee celebration.

Joanna Lumley (pictured) still hosts travel series on television, such as Great Cities Of The World.  Film and television producers, according to Janet, have picked up on the fact that older women make up a large part of their audience.

Joanna Lumley (pictured) still hosts travel series on television, such as Great Cities Of The World. Film and television producers, according to Janet, have picked up on the fact that older women make up a large part of their audience.

Mirren is currently filming Golda, playing the legendary Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. She was a controversial choice (not Jewish, drawing complaints from some, including Maureen Lipman) and not a part that requires her to look glamorous. It’s a big challenge, but she has never shied away from expanding the scope of her work. She regularly models the most extravagant outfits for Dolce & Gabbana on the runway and red carpet.

Singer Dolly Parton (76) has never stopped working either, earning an estimated fortune of 400 million pounds. In 2021, she was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people on the planet. Throughout her career, Dolly has donated millions to vaccine research and children’s literacy.

In March, he released a novel co-written with best-selling crime author James Patterson, as well as an album, and appeared on Grace And Frankie, the American television sitcom starring two other living legends, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

These female stars who found success in the 1970s never stopped working or gave in to the traditional idea of ​​aging, refusing to wear ‘sensible’ clothes after 50.

Diane Keaton, 76, (pictured) in 2021 appeared in a Justin Bieber music video

Diane Keaton, 76, (pictured) in 2021 appeared in a Justin Bieber music video

From Goldie Hawn to Joanna Lumley (both 76), members of the Three-Quarters-Of-A-Century Club came to their personal style decades ago and have stuck to the formula that defines their ‘brand’.

Film and television producers have taken notice of the fact that older women make up a large part of their audience and have considerable purchasing power. That’s why Joanna Lumley still hosts travel series on TV, like Great Cities Of The World.

That’s why Stephanie Beacham appeared on Sky’s comedy series Trollied, and Patricia Hodge found a new audience in Miranda and the latest version of All Creatures Great And Small.

Susan Sarandon (75) is about to appear in a drama called Monarch. She has always been heavily involved in politics, campaigning against climate change, attacking politicians and fighting for an end to the death penalty.

Susan Sarandon, 75, (pictured) is about to appear in a drama called Monarch.  She has always been heavily involved in politics, campaigning against climate change, attacking politicians and fighting for an end to the death penalty.

Susan Sarandon, 75, (pictured) is about to appear in a drama called Monarch. She has always been heavily involved in politics, campaigning against climate change, attacking politicians and fighting for an end to the death penalty.

This is the first generation of women who have taken charge of their careers, who have promoted themselves, realizing the power of the media to promote their brands.

Cher has never stopped recording music and is still a model for MAC cosmetics; once again, the beauty industry understands that customers want to see people their own age who are charismatic and aspiring. That no longer means kids you’ve never heard of. Diane Keaton burst into the spotlight with roles in her ex-lover Woody Allen’s movies, and she still works as an actress and producer. Her quirky style has never changed and in 2021 she appeared in a Justin Bieber music video.

Of course, all of these women have access to the best hairstylists, makeup artists, and fashionistas. Some may even have resorted to a ‘set point’ here and there, but their appearance cannot be attributed to a healthy bank balance.

The industries they work in have realized that women can’t be written off when they hit 50, because they make up a third of the population and that means a lot of consumers.

That is not to say that progress has not been slow. There still aren’t enough super 70’s glamorous grannies on TV or in the movies. But change is happening.

These wonderful women have discovered an important truth: work, not play, keeps you feeling (and looking) young. And you have the experiences of three quarters of a century to get the best out of your assets.

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