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  • And such, we are fully persuaded, will be the sentiments of every ancient dame in the British empire, who shall read the account we shall now give of the vaunted bonne Societé, under Mme de Genlis's admired and lamented graocracy.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, March 1830

    And now that old women have been added to the legislature, so that our gerontocracy is reinforced by a graocracy of middle-aged and old women like Lady Rhondda, Lady Astor, Lady Frances Balfour, and Mrs. Bertrand Russell, the advent of increased restraints upon the young of both sexes is a certainty.

    —Anthony Ludovici, 1927, Man: an Indictment

    Greek graûs "old woman"

    September 9, 2008