“Learning and sex until rigor mortis.”
“My goal is to do something outrageous every day.”
“Dare to stand before those you fear and speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.”
“I enjoy my wrinkles which I regard as badges of distinction — I’ve worked hard for them! I’ve come to believe that when you’re young you have the face that God gave you, but when you get old you have the face you made yourself! Be proud of it.”
Known for founding the Gray Panthers movement in 1971 after being forced into retirement by the Presbyterian Church, The Gray Panthers became known for advocating nursing home reform and fighting ageism, claiming that “old people and women constitute America’s biggest untapped and undervalued human energy source.” She also dedicated her life to fighting for human rights, social and economic justice, global peace, integration, and an understanding of mental health issues.
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In 1970, a sixty-five-year-old Philadelphian named Maggie Kuhn began vocally opposing the notion of mandatory retirement. Taking inspiration from the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, Kuhn and her cohorts created an activist organization that quickly gained momentum as the Gray Panthers.
Their cause expanded to include universal health care, nursing home reform, affordable and accessible housing, defense of Social Security, and elimination of nuclear weapons.
courtesy of Gray Panthers by Roger Sanjek