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.

Patricia Allen 2013This year, as the publisher of Women’s Voices for Change, I have the honor of sending a Valentine’s Day card to each of our board members—and to the editors, writers, and readers whose contributions to this ’zine have made it a daily stop for thousands of women each month.


The board of WVFC has worked tirelessly to support this site and chart the course of its journey. There would be no site if this board had not been willing, as Faith Childs, a member of the Executive Committee, used to say, “to build a car while driving it across the country at the same time.” Ours is an active, working board, with many of its members contributing as writers and editors; each one is involved in the creation and implementation of new initiatives. They join other activists, women who have supported the site financially and have created successful fundraising efforts to make it possible for us to grow without accepting pharmaceutical ads—thus giving our readers the assurance that the medical information found here is presented without bias.

The editors of, Deborah Harkins and Grace Ali, not only improve our prose with kind suggestions but have broadened our focus to include a more consistent interest in women in professional transition, women of diversity, and in the issues faced by women around the globe. They have spearheaded new initiatives to showcase “Women Who’ve Made a Difference” and “Days in the Lives of Women with Unusual Jobs or Passions.” They have worked to increase the number of our writers and to increase our outreach and traffic. Like our board, they are tireless.

A special valentine goes to our writers—many of whom now contribute on a regular basis. The editors and readers are aware of the thought and time it takes each of you to craft a piece for this site. You bring vision and imagination to those who do not know what lies ahead, as well as hope for those who are undergoing a trauma or transition. Through you we get humor to brighten the dullest day; acquire secrets that women of wisdom have about life and sex and joy to pass on to those just entering this life stage; offer medical and psychological help for those who seek information from experts; and provide insight into the worlds of books, art, poetry, film, and fashion. Most important: You, our writers, exhibit a spirit of civility and modesty that is rare both in the modern world—and certainly on the Internet.

Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you who reads this post.  My heart belongs to you.

Most sincerely,

Dr. Pat




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  • Ruth Woodie February 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Happy Valentines Day to you Dr. Pat. I am really enjoying the WV site. Informative & fun!! Thanks for all you do!! LY

  • Elizabeth Hemmerdinger February 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful sisterhood your Big Idea has engendered. I’m so glad we are so connected. I gladly join the Valentine to our wonderful editors.
    Here’s to big hearts.

  • Toni Myers February 14, 2013 at 11:03 am

    A Valentine shout out to editor Deborah Harkins, whose transcendent enthusiasm, patient nurturing of writers, and
    skills as a writer/editor, have helped me and many others.
    And to Dr. Pat. I love WVFC and look forward to its daily acts of wisdom.

  • roz warren February 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

    We love you too, Dr. Pat! There’s no place like WomensVoices. I’ve had great fun writing for other sites, but WV always feels like home. This site has such integrity, and provides a unique combination of fun and useful information about everything from fashion and poetry and art to the medical issues that concern me as a 58-year old woman. I’ve turned so many of my friends on to this site, both as writers and was readers. To echo Wendi, WV has always felt as if it’s there for one special reader — me!

  • Stacey Bewkes February 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I’m with Judith – a big thank you and an xox for a special Valentine’s Day to you, the editors and my fellow contributors!!

  • Diane Dettmann February 14, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Thank you, Dr. Pat, for the wonderful “Valentine’s Day Toast”. Raising my coffee mug to everyone at WVFC! I’m honored to be involved in this wonderful organization that is dedicated to inspiring women to follow their passions. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone at WVFC!

  • Judith A. Ross February 14, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Thank you so much for this lovely acknowledgement.

  • caren gittleman February 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL of you! Thanks for all that you do for us and for how HARD you work to do it!

  • Wendl Kornfeld February 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

    WMVC is a great site, for many reasons — excellent writing, relevance, variety, and most of all because it so often seems like it’s been put together with just one special reader in mind. And it is. A big thank you to everyone who makes us all feel special, every day.