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Dr. Pat

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

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One of the joys of working with the wonderful board of Women’s Voices for Change, is that I have an opportunity to get out more . . . just for fun. Last week Lisa McCarthy, board chair of WVFC, invited three other board members to the annual Poetry Society in America Gala at the New York Botanical Garden. One of our own, Laura Baudo Sillerman, was honored for her philanthropic support of poetry.  Laura, a co-founder of Women’s Voices for Change, was the creator of our Poetry Sunday and the Poetry Editor of this site from 2007 until she handed the reins over to Rebecca Foust, our current poetry editor last year. Our small board contingent was thrilled to attend this event to celebrate with our dear friend and co-founder.  We took this time to do what women do best: we had fun just catching up, admiring the amazing and truly beautiful collection of flowers in full bloom in the Botanical Garden, then finding a quiet table during the cocktail hour to reconnect. One drink each and we were done, but there was much laughter, many photographs for Instagram accounts and a recognition of how important our bond to each other and to Women’s Voices for Change has become.  

We believe that the second half of life is the best half of life. This mission drives our organization and our site. We do have fun when we are together and I believe that Dr.Cecilia Ford who writes for us about Emotional Health on Thursdays is right: Women are better at having fun. — Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen, Publisher

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