Celebrating inspirational women in their later years

In light of International women’s day we come together to celebrate inspirational women around the world who have followed their dreams and achieved their goals regardless of when in life they decide to follow them.  

Fiona Banner, inspirational for her work in the arts

Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press was born in Merseyside and studied at Kingston University, she then went on to complete her MA at Goldsmiths College of Art in 1993. Fiona’s work features sculpture, drawing, installation and text, and demonstrates a fascination with the emblem of fighter aircraft and went on to have an exhibition of an RAF Jagur at Tate Britain.

Arts and crafts are one of the most popular hobbies for retirees. Our research has found that 26% of respondents enjoy spending time taking to arts and crafts - it is a great way to unlock your imagination and express yourself.


Lee Janogly, inspirational for her work in fitness

Lee Janogly, has 5 grown up children and seven grandchildren. She’s a trained dancer and taught jazz at the Dance Centre in Covent Garden and in the 1980s she opened her own exercise studio. Lee has been a fitness instructor for over 40 years and after being disappointed by the variety of literature for women in their later years she became a best-selling author and long-standing exercise teacher and diet counsellor.

Lee has recently written multiple including;  ‘Stop Bingeing!’ and ‘Only Fat People Skip Breakfast’, she also has a ‘Talk Yourself Slim CD’ and continues to lead eight fitness classes a week – a mixture of ‘stretch and tone’ classes and one-to-one dance-led personal training.

Physical activity alongside a healthy diet is important to staying healthy in your retirement. Many of our residents say that ‘A Passion for Fitness’ helps them feel young at heart. For both spiritual and physical benefits yoga in your later life can improve your health and  happiness.

Joanna Rowling, inspirational for her work in literature

Joanna grew up around books and she wrote her first book about a rabbit at the age of six. Jo had an extensive knowledge of classic books which came in handy when creating the Harry Potter series.

Joanna has spent a lot of her life living in different countries and teaching English as a second language and has spent all of her career writing books for all types of genres and has a lot of success with many of her books being translated into different languages all over the world. She has won many awards and was named the first person to become a US -dollar billionaire by writing books.

In 2016 Joanna Rowling made her screenwriting debut with the film Fantastic Beasts, this was the first of a new series including The Crimes of Grindelwald which was released in 2018 and the third part is due out in November 2021.


All of these women are very inspirational and show that for those who are considering restarting their lives in their 60s and 70s with a new career or those who decide to take up a new hobby in their later years - It is never too late to go for it!

A great hobby to explore is walking in the countryside. Not only is walking a great way of keeping fit in your retirement, but it’s also a great way of uncovering your surroundings, seeing some beautiful sights and taking on challenges. England is home to beautiful scenery and wonderful walks, even in the crisp winter months.