Choose Option A or B.

 Option A: Interview an older woman (65 or older) – a grandmother, family member, or friend – regarding her life experiences. The basic purpose of this interview is to explore how experiences and options have changed for women over the past few decades and to get a sense for what life is like now for older women. With regard to how options have changed, you might want to ask how much education she had, what educational and career options were available to her, and what work (paid or unpaid) she was involved in. If she had children, you might ask what the childbirth process was like and about her role in child-rearing vis-a-vis their father(s). With regard to her current life, ask about topics covered in Chapter 11, such as retirement, economic issues, and social aspects of her life. In general, what changes are most salient to her as she ages? What things does she believe have changed the most for women? What changes do you think are most important? 

Option B: Complete a modified version of Option A, with respect to depictions of older women on television. Specifically, keep a record of how middle-aged and older women are portrayed on TV shows and ads. Be sure to include different kinds of programs such as soap operas, game shows, situation comedies, prime time dramas, and Saturday morning cartoons, as well as their advertisements. (The shows don’t have to specifically be about older women). Watch at least three different shows and record what shows you watched and how you chose them. Record the number of older women in the shows and ads and how they are portrayed. For example, are they working outside the home? What are their interests, hobbies, and concerns? Do they seem real or are they represented in a stereotypical way?