Maggie Growls

Maggie Kuhn formed the Gray Panthers to fight against mandatory retirement and ageism and improved society's treatment of older Americans.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 4, 2003
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2004 Council On Foundations-Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media
  • Producer

    Barbara Attie

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    The Film

    Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995) founded the Gray Panthers after being forced to leave the workforce at the age of 65, in what Ralph Nader describes as "the most significant retirement in history." It galvanized Maggie's campaign against mandatory retirement and ageism. Her outrage fueled a political chain reaction that left society's treatment of older Americans forever changed.