Alice T. Day was born in New York City. She was educated at Smith College (BA, magna cum laude), Columbia University (MA in sociology), and The Australian National University (PhD in sociology). She has held a variety of positions, most recently that of Director of Successful Ageing, A.C.T. (a 3-year federal government project in the Australian Capital Territory). Before that she had been a consultant with both the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Office of Aged Services in the Premier's Department of the State of New South Wales, and Administrative Officer for the Education of Women and Girls with the Australian Commonwealth Schools Commission. She has also been a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute (Washington, DC) and a visiting lecturer at Smith College, an instructor at both the University of Massachusetts and Mount Holyoke College, and an associate professor (adjunct) at Albertus Magnus College (New Haven, CT).
She has written several books, including: Too Many Americans (with Lincoln Day), "We Can Manage"-- Expectations about Care and Varieties of Family Support among Persons 75 Years of Age and Over, and Remarkable Survivors. Her other published works include some 30 articles and book chapters on such topics as: aging, the status of women, and population and environment.
In Washington, she is Chair of the Task Force on Environment & Natural Resources, Woman's National Democratic Club.