The news is covering it, and women are writing about it, because more and more Boomer women are doing it – choosing to live with roommates in a shared housing situation. This trend is growing so fast that it’s becoming a regular feature on news and lifestyle sites. We first noticed this trend emerging onto the national news scene back in July 2014, when CBS did a morning segment on two Boomer women in New York who were sharing an apartment, and the very next morning, NBC did a segment featuring two Boomer women roommates from Seattle.
It’s great that the media has caught onto this development among Boomer women. Even better, we women are writing about our shared housing experiences. One good book we’ve found on the subject. With A Little Help From Our Friends by Beth Baker, explores multiple options for aging well within community, including shared housing, cohousing, various “village” support programs and more.
Joan MacCracken, author of The Winter House, a personal story of one woman’s choice to live with like-minded roommates, has said it well: “It does appear that this is becoming a feminist movement of the twenty-first century.”