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Women Over 50 Who Are Making History!

Age is but a number, as the famous saying goes, and the person who said it first was Joan Collins. An English actress, known for her bombshell portraits on the soap opera dynasty, Joan was the first woman to break barriers of age. We often talk about sexism and racism but what about ageism? The prejudice or discrimination against people based on their age?

According to the AARP, about 35 percent of the U.S population is now 50 or older. Yet in 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — the nation’s workforce watchdog — issued a damning special report on age discrimination against older Americans. It concluded that even though 50 years had passed since Congress outlawed the practice, “age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families and our economy.”

In many organizations, people are evaluated based on their “runway” – their ability to stay at the same level or rise higher as they age. Women are especially discriminated against on the basis of age, in addition to being discriminated against on the basis of sex. Yet, many women make their most extraordinary contributions after they turn 50. Our goal is to debunk the myth that when you are at 50, you are looking at the end of your career. We want to show you that sometimes your best work comes when you are 50 or older.

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Solo Trips for Women

Solo travel for women is not just about the experience. It is also about empowerment, education, and excitement! It frees you up to do the things you want in the places you want, without being bound by the constraints of home or office.

Check out this list of the best places for solo female travel!

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Huma Abedin: The Phoenix Rises

Huma Abedin’s favorite color is green, which in Islam symbolizes nature and life. It is the color of paradise in the Quran. But the past decade has been far from paradise for Abedin. In fact, it has been pure hell, and Abedin says she had to reach deep within her faith and herself to emerge from the shadow of shame, proud and resilient. As one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, Abedin was often in the public eye, always by Clinton’s side, present but silent, rarely the topic of the story. 

In her 26-year political career spanning the White House, the Senate, and the State Department, Abedin collected her share of scars in the roughest of towns: Washington D.C. But nothing prepare her for the heartbreak and ignominy caused by husband and former Congressman Anthony Wiener’s repeated sexting scandals, which she endured in full public view. That scar, she says, will take a long time to heal.

“He ripped by my heart out and stomped on it over and over again,” Abedin writes in her memoir, “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds,” published in November 21 by Simon and Shuster. The scandal, along with the discovery of Clinton’s confidential emails on Weiner’s computer, disrupted the presidential candidate’s campaign. 

“I lived with shame for a long time… I could have been the first chief of staff of the first female president,” she writes in the book. “How am I going to survive this? Help me God.”

But survive she did. And, Huma, which means “lucky bird” or “phoenix” in Urdu, has emerged out of the shadows breaking her silence and rising, she says, to reclaim her own narrative. She says she is taking things one day at a time and drawing strength from her religion, her parents, her cultural roots and values, and, most of all, faith in herself. 

“Be true to yourself, let others say what they will. You are responsible in the first instance to yourself, to your principles and your values, and ultimately to your God, or higher power.”

Abedin says on tough days, she turns to advice from her dad, who died when she was 17

That has carried me through,” she says.

Vandana Luthra’s Beautiful Empire, VLCC

When Vandana Luthra founded VLCC (Vandana Luthra Curls and Curves) in 1989, it might have been hard to imagine that the then 30-year-old would one day lead a renowned beauty and wellness business empire, with operations spanning 310 locations in 143 cities in 12 countries. VLCC employs 3,000 professionals today, 70 percent of whom are women!

She entered India’s then nascent beauty and wellness industry with very few success stories to get inspired by (Shahnaz Husain’s being a rare one). In the late 80s-90s, a career in beauty and wellness was not considered a good career option in India.

Meeting this diva of beauty and wellness was an enriching experience. It seemed her innate simplicity and grace were not influenced by her achievements in business. This, despite being a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.

Get Inspired By These Role Models

Having an inspiring role model during formative years can have a great impact on young adults. Be it for career, a refreshing take on life, pathbreaking decisions or relatable struggles—a great role model can steer teens in a particular direction and be a guiding force later too!

SEEMA brings you some personal favourites!

INTERSECTIONALITY is the way forward

On March 8, we mark International Women’s Day, created to celebrate our social, economic, cultural and political achievements. To create a rallying call for awareness and the continued push towards gender equality.
As many South Asian women who have been working for a long time will testify, things have gotten a lot easier. We celebrate Diwali nationally with non-Hindu and non-South Asian colleagues and enjoy new motherhood with maternity and paternity leave. But the world is not yet where it could be. Intersectionality can help with that.

In spite of the best efforts of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) sector, we still find that women are, especially after the pandemic, struggling to remain at work and care for themselves, families and mental health at the same time. 

We propose a way to look at things that’s growing less and less radical: Intersectional Feminism, a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. 

RECIPE ALERT! Usher in Holi with these fantastic meals

Heralding the onset of spring, the festival is an ideal time to catch up with friends and family at a meal. Here are some fantastic recipe s to make this Holi!

Dahi Vada

By Richa Sharma

Dahi vada is a delicious snack that combines all of your favorite flavors and textures in one bite. It is fluffy, delicate, tangy, and sweet. They are made up of handmade fried lentil dumpling fritters dipped in creamy whipped yogurt and topped with a variety of spicy and sweet chutneys. Try this famous recipe, which includes a step-by-step technique, for a Holi treat that everyone will remember.


By Nancy Amon

When it comes to desserts it’s hard to refuse a malpua. It’s decadently fluffy with light crispy edges. It looks like a distant relative of the flapjack, as it’s called in South Africa, or pancakes in the U.K. and America. Unlike the flapjack or pancake, malpua has a delightful cardamom and fennel flavor. However, all these desserts share the use of syrup.

The recipe for malpua has many variations, and people often tweak foods to suit their dietary needs.

SEEMA Recommends these products to smell amazing!

On International Fragrance Day (March 21), the SEEMA team suggests their favorite fragrances to rejuvenate your home, uplift your mood, or just smell amazing!

Byredo – Bibliotheque candle

The founder of Byredo – Ben Gorham is half Indian and half Swedish. The brand is famous for its luxury scented candles. The bestselling candles are crafted in elegant black glass featuring black wax and black wicks and will elevate any room in your home.

Women in Wine

The wine industry has long been dominated by men. But the past few decades have seen a great deal of change. From early trailblazers in the U.S., France, Italy, and beyond, with each decade that passes, a growing number of talented women winemakers are sweeping up awards and earning well-deserved accolades for their exceptional wines. This International Women’s Day, we’re raising a glass to women winemakers and highlighting producers whose wines need to be on your radar (or preferably in your wine glass).

Not just a social media influencer but an inspirational artist, a talented musician and a skillful performer

Sheena on Song


Sheena Melvani is an artist with an ever-growing tribe of followers on social media, thanks mostly to her roots as a singer and songwriter. Sheena uses social media to inspire, communicate and influence with a positive spirit. 

You may already be a fan of the singer and her “Interrupted” series on TikTok. Her life experiences, her conversations  and her talent have allowed her to develop a multi-million strong fan base on various social media platforms. Sheena is not just a social media influencer but an inspirational artist who has made a place for herself with the entertaining tangle of music, comedy and pranks.

Sheena spoke to SEEMA from her home in Boston about her journey, during which music has been a constant companion, and the social media fame she has earned.


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