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Badass Women at Any Age

Nov 19, 2019

Chicago-based writer and author Elaine Soloway uses her wit, wisdom, and overall badassery to show us that it’s okay to challenge the status quo and shake things up at every stage of life. At a lively 81 years young, she is still challenging herself daily and living life for herself instead of trying to please others. Elaine also discusses how she came to flourish in the urban area of Chicago, the rituals and habits she practices to stay energetic and sharp, and her family’s story that inspired the series “Transparent”. 


What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

  • It’s never too late in life to step into your own power and do things because they are meaningful to you, rather than to please someone else. 
  • We don’t have to fall into defined categories in age, gender, or any other boxes society wants us to be in. We can create our own. 
  • Elaine’s inspiration to embrace change, relocating, and moving forward in life. 
  • How Elaine immersed herself in the world of writing, and now is a published author in books, blogs, articles, social media and is a sought after speaker at public appearances. 
  • More about Elaine’s new buddy, a pup she adopted from a local shelter, and how this new challenge is one of the biggest highlights of her current life. 
  • It’s okay to change your mind and to try new experiences and hobbies.
  • A lot of women get bolder and stronger with age. 
  • Life is too short to waste it on regretting things. True badasses look forward with energy. 
  • Being a badass is all about speaking your truth, and being honest about what you do (and don’t) want to do.
  • Elaine is so proud of her children, and she shares the inspiration behind her daughter Jill’s award-winning television show “Transparent.”  



  • “Why should we downgrade women that if you are a certain age you are no longer useful in society?” 
  • “I always need a challenge.” 
  • “As long as you are not embarrassed to change your mind, there is an enormous amount of things to do in life.” 
  • “I’m not trying to impress people anymore.” 
  • “We’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what people think about you.” 



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