People say that you get wiser as you age. But these ladies are proving that age brings much more than that! They’re telling us that women can achieve great things and look their best regardless of their age. They’re beautiful in their skin, and it’s about time we celebrate that!

Here’s a list of 4 movers and shakers who continue to inspire us to take action.

Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad holding a trumpet and wearing a white tshirt and a black jacket

Diana Nyad is a world-renowned swimmer who was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida—that’s a whopping 780 km! At the age of 64, she swam a distance of 169 km from Havana to Key West without a shark cage. Before that, she attempted to swim 110 miles four times but had to stop because of box jellyfish stings, asthma attacks, and storms. 

On her fifth attempt, she swam for 53 hours from 31st August 2013 to 2nd September 2013, making a record. Along with swimming, Nyad is a motivational speaker and has authored 4 books encouraging women to chase their dreams. 

Michele Obama

Michele Obama holding a mug saying “VOTE”

Michele Obama is a writer, lawyer, wife, advocate, and game-changer. She also served as the first lady of the US from 2019 to 2017. She has a degree in sociology from Princeton University and a degree in law from Harvard. While she served as the first lady, she launched a nationwide initiative called Let’s Move—a campaign to fight child obesity, Joining Forces—an initiative supporting veterans, and Reach Higher—a campaign for high school advocacy.

Betty White

Betty White holding a football

Betty White is an award-winning comedian and actress with an 80-year long career in television. She’s considered a pioneer of TV and has made ways for other women to join and succeed. From Golden Girls to Saturday Night Live, White is a trailblazer for elder women in the entertainment industry. 

Along with her acting, she was the first woman producer to make a sitcom, which earned her the title of ‘Mayor of Hollywood.’ She’s won 8 Emmy Awards and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Iris has broken all barriers with her vibrant sense of design and fashion. She’s worked with 9 US presidents from 1950 to 1992, leading design restoration projects. When she was 97, she was the oldest person to have a Barbie made with her image.

At the 12th Annual Women Together Gala held at the UN Headquarters, she won the Women Together Special Award recipient of the Year. At the age of 99, she doesn’t show a sign of stopping. She encourages women to embrace their age and wrinkles to dismantle the stereotypes associated with elder women.

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