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The Second Half: 40 Women Reveal Life After 50
By Ellen Warner

 

Since 2006 I have been photographing and interviewing women of different cultures. Portraits include women from Algeria, Britain, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Myanmar, the Caribbean Islands and the USA. Each portrait is accompanied by a description, in the subject’s own voice, of her life journey and what “the second half” has meant/will hopefully mean for her. The book will be published by Brandeis University Press in March 2022. It will be distributed by The University of Chicago Press in the USA, and will be accompanied by photographic exhibits. It will be published as a trade book, but will also be used in classrooms for Gender and Women’s Studies. Erica Jong has written the foreword.

While many of the women are well known, perhaps successful in a career, others have never had the luxury or inclination to choose a career. Included in the book are women of different socio-economic backgrounds and different religions. They range from age 55 to 107 and represent cultures from the most sophisticated to indigenous*. Each has a story to tell that will be instructive to younger women.

I can speak to any audience but a good way to present it is as a slide show, showing some of the photos of the women and describing how I met them, what it was like photographing them and telling some of their remarkable stories.