We're back in the work force, if indeed we ever left it when our children were young, with more money and a knowledge that we can take care of ourselves financially.
If a woman's financial position is no longer a barrier to her moving on from an unhappy marriage, neither does age seem to hold us back from trying our luck romantically second or perhaps third time around.
By her own admission, Judy Hollis's behaviour was thoughtlessly promiscuous.
'For a year,' she says, 'I fooled around, sleeping with more than ten men.
Her story is an illustration in microcosm of why sexually transmitted diseases among the over-45s are on the increase.But it's primarily down to the significant increase in people getting divorced after the age of 45 - forcing flocks of inexperienced divorcees out into the dating world after decades of monogamy.Between 19, divorce in England and Wales in the 45-plus age group rose by more than 30 per cent.'I didn't always use protection - caught without any, in the heat of the moment, I threw caution to the wind.Then I discovered I had chlamydia.' You'd be forgiven for assuming that Judy is an irresponsible 20- something, heedless of the consequences of her actions.She says: 'Thankfully, I'd kept myself in good shape and I'm still a size 12, but the idea of whipping off my smalls in front of a near-stranger was pretty terrifying.