History


Women’s Voices for Change was established in 2005 by a group of women looking to change the way our culture views menopause and older women. Led by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D., a gynecologist whose practice is focused on the menopausal transition, the original group included Faith Childs and Laura Baudo Sillerman, both of whom continue to serve with Dr. Allen on the board of directors.

WVFC’s first project addressed the widespread worsening of bone health among women over 50, documented in a 2004 report from the U.S. Surgeon General . Partnering with New York Presbyterian Hospital, WVFC undertook Project Esperanza, which provided free bone density testing to 1,000 underserved and underinsured women in New York City. Bone density tests can identify osteoporosis, determine the risk for fractures, and measure response to osteoporosis treatment. By the time the project was completed, 90 workshops had been presented on osteoporosis and bone health, 4,750 women received educational magazines and pamphlets, and 1,100 women attended bone health workshops and received bone density tests.

To bring its message to the broadest audience possible, Women’s Voices for Change started its website in 2006. Since then, the WVFC community of writers, commenters, and supporters has grown steadily, drawn by a distinctive mix of news, opinion, and reflection from an over-40 women’s perspective, coupled with the authoritative medical information that is the site’s leading component.

Women’s Voices for Change is a not-for-profit organization with official 501(c)(3) status.

The website does not carry advertising, and the medical information posted here is objective and unbiased. Women’s Voices for Change welcomes—and depends on—private donations for its continued existence.

For information about making a donation to support WVFC, click here.