At a time when overall divorce rates are falling, the only group that has seen a rise is women aged 55 to 59. In these days of economic independence, women are not just earning more, they are doing more and are less dependent on their spouses at every level, which can lead many to question the value of their marriage and their partner.
What is really at the root of this dissatisfaction? Is it that they have spent decades building carefully constructed identities, the perfect career, husband, children, only to find that they are either unachievable or dissatisfying? Or is it that at this new stage of financial and emotional independence, women finally have the confidence to live life on their own terms rather than those set by society or family?
This event will explore how economic independence, longer life and increasing emotional and sexual confidence are helping to shape the relationships of women as they age. Our panel includes writers Louise Doughty, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Alys Fowler, who come armed with their own experiences of love, life and finding satisfaction.