November 27, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


The scents, the songs, the family traditions, the quirky (but lovable) guests—these are life-enriching deposits in our memory banks. We asked “Women’s Voices” writers to look back over the years and share with us the Thanksgiving reflections that make them smile.

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On Emotional Health: I Was Not the Mother They Expected

October 30, 2014 by Barbara Fertig


By Barbara Fertig

When I first went to work as a museum exhibit designer, I wore jumpsuits and drove a Volkswagon bus, and I remember my younger girl, then perhaps 7 or 8, saying plaintively, “Can’t we have a station wagon? Won’t you ever be a normal mother?”

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Two More Words About Derek Jeter: His Mom

October 4, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Derek Jeter

We at Women’s Voices for Change tip our caps to a woman who got it so very right. The applause was for her son, but the cheers were for her, too.

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Finding Friends Fast—Wherever You Are (Version 2.0)

September 28, 2014 by Karen O'Connor

Karen O'Connor

By Karen O’Connor

Well-honed friend-gathering techniques from a woman who moves from one city to another every two years. Wherever she goes, she needs to find friends fast. And she does.

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Molly Fisk: The Thing With Feathers

September 6, 2014 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

If you stand still for a minute in the center of your living room, the whole world will turn around you, as if you were the earth’s axis. Every event you’ve ever heard of is happening simultaneously. Bugs are having sex, grizzly bears are fording rivers, eggs are breaking: some to reveal baby great blue herons, others to produce mushroom omelets at the Ritz.

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Empathy, Informed by Pain

August 30, 2014 by Susan Lieberman


By Susan Lieberman

I don’t think I read as “old” to most people over 50. But one bum knee and any hope of a youthful image is shot. I am hobbling. I can’t get up gracefully. I wince when my knee is tweaked. I walk “old.”

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On Emotional Health: Discovering My Mother Too Late

August 21, 2014 by Barbara Fertig


By Barbara Fertig

In an instant, it seemed, the woman who bore me, the woman who raised me, had become another person, a person I hardly knew. In one rare moment, in one extraordinary place, I was shocked out of an assumption that I could define my mother.

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The Gift of Family

June 15, 2014 by Suzanne Russell

Isabel and GP at Notre Dame

By Suzanne Russell

My family and I wanted to do something special for my father when he turned 80 years old. It was Isabel’s idea to adopt a bench in Central Park and dedicate it to Grandpa from all his grandchildren. My father has always used the park, and for years he and his wife have lived near the entrance at 72nd Street on the Upper East Side. They have walked several generations of dogs in the park.

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The World According to Weber: Happy Hypernoia! I’m Related to Maya Angelou!

June 14, 2014 by Nancy Weber


By Nancy Weber

Imagine if, when I met her, I’d known that Maya Angelou was my clan-mate, a part of my mishpocha. Instead of murmuring how honored I was, I could have called her Cuz.

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The World According to Weber: Connecting Across the Great Divides

May 29, 2014 by Nancy Weber


By Nancy Weber

The family game board permits a singular and wonderful emotional experience: You play to win, but take pleasure in the triumphs of your opponents—who are, after all, people you love.

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Mothers We Admire, Mothers Who Appall

May 11, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Mothering: It’s so DAILY. And the qualities needed—selflessness, grit, tolerance of boredom, ingenuity, fortitude, continual focus on others—rarely get noticed,much less celebrated. After all, they’re requirements for the job.

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Distance—a Mother and Child Reunion

February 23, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson


By Susan B. Johnson

“Here you are at last,” says your mother, reaching up to embrace you. Her brittle body trembles like that of a twisted, fragile bird. Dismayed, you wonder if this is how you will be in twenty-five years.

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The First Annual Women’s Voices for Change Valentine’s Day Love Letter

February 14, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Our collective heart skips several beats when we think of you and all you mean to us. Without you, we’d be losing pals we dish with, gals we exchange fashion tips with, and activists we march with—compatriots who join in our cheering and our bemoaning.

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Dr. Pat Becomes Coco: The Big Transition

February 10, 2014 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

There is one life-event that most women seem to look forward to with unabashed joy: the day that they become the “mother of the one who has reproduced.” But this was the Big Transition for me.

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The Transition Network: Helping Women Savor the Second Half of Life

January 28, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

The Transition Network is a community of professional women 50 and up, and therefore each member is going through a different kind of “what’s next?” transition: children leaving home; elderly parents coming back; pondering the risks of changing careers; retirement; being widowed; being newly remarried; navigating the single life as a mature woman. TTN provides intellectual stimulation, entertainment, and support to women going through these transitions.

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