Columnist David Broder (Editorial Pages, May 7) has noted an interesting trend, the emergence of the age of old geezers, spearheaded by Ronald Reagan. However, Broder seems to inhabit a strange landscape where nary an old woman can be spotted for miles.
Where are the geezerettes? Surely they are not all in nursing homes gumming their Zweiback or desperately prowling cosmetic counters for yet a better wrinkle cream!
A strange omission, considering there are many more very old women than old men around these days. Yet, if we turn our gaze away for just a minute from Broder's superannuated jocks and aging pols, the names of the geezerettes spring immediately to mind. And not a one is a token dredged up from some dusty archive by a graduate student in Women's Studies.
No, the names on the roster are familiar, and are a testimony to achievement, courage and grace. Katharine Hepburn, Agnes DeMille and Mother Teresa, would surely appear. How about writers Eudora Welty, Ursula Le Guin and Clare Booth Luce? And Grace Hopper, the inventor of COBOL and Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, a Nobel Laureate also merit admission, as do Lili Krause, Katherine Graham, Joan Kroc, Ella Fitzgerald and Rose Kennedy. As a matter of fact, geezerettes now even have their own highly-rated television show, The Golden Girls.