NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Many single Baby Boomer women -- in fact half -- are still working. Of those, half again say they plan to stay on the job for five years or more. And by and large they are happy with their “third act.” In a TED Talk in 2011, Jane Fonda said it’s a matter of attitude.
“It turns out, most people over 50 feel better, are less stressed, are less hostile, less anxious," she said. "We tend to see commonalities more than differences. Some of the studies even say we're happier,” Fonda said. “You realize, you're still yourself -- maybe even more so. Picasso once said, ‘It takes a long time to become young.’”
Even though 49% of Boomer women have already achieved their career goals, 51% are still on the job, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Del Webb homebuilders. And they are happy to be there -- fully 79% are satisfied with their current job position.
“We’ve seen that single female Boomers are happier, healthier and more confident than ever, and our survey results show that those who are still working aren’t rushing to retire,” said Lindy Oliva, Del Webb’s division president, in a statement.
And these working women are a part of a massive economic force. With a net worth of $19 trillion, Boomer women control more than three-quarters of the nation’s wealth, according to research by Mass Mutual.