Have you heard?
28 is the new midlife crisis.
Whether it’s the pace of life, our tendency to compare ourselves to others, the fact that we live in an age that worships youth, or the old blame machine of social media, it feels like there is enormous pressure to be working in your dream job by 25, have the big office by 27, have the baby nailed by 29, and build your personal brand while you’re at it.
Let’s talk about the women who nailed it later in life.
Because there are scores of women who found fame, fortune, and general contentment well past the age of 30, 40 and 50.
A few weeks ago I read about Johanna Byrne, who was a florist with seven kids, went back to uni at 45 years of age, and just won the national prize for Indigenous law student of the year.
And don’t forget Susan Kiefel. She was a high school dropout who was recently named Australia’s first female High Court chief justice – ending 113 years of men leading the nation’s highest court. She’s 62.
But don’t take my word for it.
Here are 27 other incredible women who didn’t hit their strides until they were over the age of 30.
1. JULIA MORRIS
Julia Morris spent the early years of her career as a comedian, actress, writer, TV presenter and TV producer working all over the country, before relocating to the UK in 2000. She returned to Australia in 2007 but it wasn't until 2013 at the age of 45 when she scored the role of Gemma Crabb in the Nine Network's drama series House Husbands that she hit a career high, closely followed by her role as co-host of Network Ten's I'm a Celebrity...get Me Out of Here from 2015.