With women generally outliving men, Judith Lucy tries to get an idea of what her life might be like in 20 year's time. She takes to the streets as an elderly woman and soon realises she needs some advice on becoming a senior, so she catches up with 91-year-old actor and friend Lois Ramsey for some advice on how to grow old gracefully.
Hurtling towards midlife is a shock for anyone, and Judith Lucy discovers that being a woman in the public eye makes it even more confronting. Model and media personality Deborah Hutton talks candidly about ageing in front of the camera, while funny lady Denise Scott reveals she didn't realise she'd been photoshopped for years.
If she'd been born one generation earlier, Judith Lucy's career options probably would have ranged all the way from housewife to hairdresser. Even her chosen career of stand-up comedy was a pretty blokey world when she entered it, and Australia still has one of the most segregated workforces in the world - e.g. plumbers will more than likely be men, while 90% of nurses are women. So to find out why, Judith swaps her mic for a bed pan and lets her nursing skills loose on a hospital ward, then catches up with two pioneering female pilots, including Deborah Lawrie, who had to take Ansett Airlines to court in 1979 for the right to fly a plane.
Judith Lucy doesn't have kids. Her desire to have them lasted about a nanosecond. But with motherhood intrinsic in so many women's lives, she's keen to get a taste of what it could be like, and takes charge of her very own baby - a plastic, African American robot child named Lucy Junior. Lucy Junior needs diligent care, but will Judith pass the test and be a good mum?
When Judith Lucy's mother was young, women were courted by men, got married and had kids - full stop. Judith herself did things a bit differently, describing her dating life in her 20s as "a waking nightmare of stupidity and drunken regret". But now that she's in her 40s, she's mystified about the mating rituals of young women and men in Australia. So to try and work them out, she heads to the country and a raucous, modern incarnation of the classic Australian bachelors and spinsters ball, where she discovers that the drinking hasn't changed but the rules of attraction have.
After her much-loved ABC series Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey, one of Australia's favourite funny ladies is back with Judith Lucy Is All Woman. If you've ever been a woman, been in one, or come out of one, this series is for you. It's a timely exploration of where women are at in modern Australia - and what that means for men - told from the unique perspective of someone who's been a woman for most of her life.
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