February 12, 2013
The number of working women over age 65 rose 147 per cent from 1977 to 2007; those over 75 rose 172 per cent, according to the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the next five years, the number of older women in the work force will grow at a rate faster than younger women and almost double that of older men, the bureau said.
Some growth can be attributed to economic travails, but many women say they are making up for lost time after raising children or being shut out of male-dominated jobs in their younger working days. Others can’t imagine turning their backs on hard-won career gains.