I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her podcast, Wiser Than Me. Wiser Than Me is all about celebrating older women, nuff said. Oh, but you know I’m going to say more. It’s just so well done. If you’re over 50, and even if you’re not, you must have a listen. It’s wise, refreshing, enlightening, so interesting, and just plain fun!

She starts each episode off with a short story about a time in her life. And because it’s Julia, it’s often filled with humour, mostly at her own expense. She loves to laugh at herself. And sometimes, it’s poignant and emotional.

Then she has a lively conversation with a guest who’s always a fabulous older woman. Women like Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett, and Billie Jean King. If you’ve never listened to Wiser Than Me, I would suggest starting with the Billie Jean King episode.

Do you remember the famous Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean and Bobby Riggs back in 1973? I remember cheering for Billie Jean, of course, but I really had no idea at the time what she did for women in sport and women in general. Did you know she’s 80 now? And wow, if that’s 80, I want to be just like her when I grow up.

Celebrating older women by Colleen Kanna, Photo of woman rocker on stage performing by Denis Vasil'ev on Unsplash.

Photo by Denis Vasil’ev on Unsplash

Julia ends every show with a zoom call to her mother. She endearingly calls her, mommy. As Billie Jean says, “It’s like a warm hug”. She also called her mom, mommy. Julia can’t wait to chat with mommy about who she just interviewed. It’s like listening in on a private mother/daughter phone conversation.

As a side note, my own daughter calls me, Mummy Pig or MP for short. It comes from her love of Peppa Pig, the British preschool TV series about a family of pigs. So, in turn, I call her Peppa and we call our dog Georgie. George is the name of Peppa’s younger brother. Her car is even named Suzy after Suzy Sheep who is Peppa’s best friend. I hope she never stops calling me Mummy Pig. It tickles me pink.

I love Julia and I loved Elaine in Seinfeld. I didn’t realize it at the time, and not even until I listened to Julia talk about it on her podcast, but it was ground breaking for women. It was the first show, at the height of the sitcom era, that treated Elaine as, for lack of a better phrase, “one of the guys”.

Elaine wasn’t an empty-headed blond. She was smart, assertive, strong-willed, and sarcastic. As the only female in the friend group, she could definitely hold her own amongst her male counterparts.

Celebrating older women by Colleen Kanna, B&W photo of a woman with glasses sitting down with her elbow resting on her knee and her chin resting on her hand calmly smiling by Lena Krieg on Unsplash

Photo by Lena Krieg on Unsplash

She was treated equally and participated equally in everything including being the Master of Her Domain. Did you see that episode called The Contest? It’s Julia’s favourite. I’ll let you look that one up on your own. It makes me want to go back and watch all the Seinfeld episodes with a particular focus on Elaine.

Well done, Julia! The Wiser Than Me podcast is just what we need. Thank you.

If you already listen to Julia’s podcast, let me know what you think in the comments.

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovered Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.