A number of inspiring stories chronicle the accomplishments of women age 80 and older in sports, fashion, and art, among others; these women have achieved feats that would be impressive even if they were 40 to 50 years younger, such as completing a marathon or starring in a television series. Others occupy powerful positions in society and government, such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
At age 84, fashion designer Iris Apfel (now 94 years old as of 2016) showed a collection at the prestigious Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Trailblazing chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall, now over 80 years old, has received numerous awards and continues to educate the public about primates. She remains a strong activist for the humane treatment of animals.
Spokane nun Sister Madonna Buder, now age 82, began competing in triathlons at 52 years old and has completed hundreds since. She was named Ironman All World Athlete Champion for her age bracket.
American folk artist Grandma Moses began painting at age 76 because her arthritis made doing embroidery too painful. Her work was noticed by a collector and subsequently featured in a 1939 Museum of Modern Art exhibition. She produced over 1,000 works over the final 25 years of her life, some of which sold for more than $10,000 apiece. Her success shows how an obstacle such as joint pain can be made into an opportunity.