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.

From left: Gayfrid Steinberg; Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen; Dr. Wulf Utian, founder of North American Menopause Society; Faith Childs: Laura Baudo Sillerman, and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger.

On August 19, 2011, we published our 2,000th post. This was a big milestone for “the little website that could.” The site, Women’s Voices for Change, was created by a handful of women who first met for tea to discuss menopause and the ways that negative stereotypes of this word defined women over the age of 40. We committed ourselves to changing the perceptions that people have of menopausal women.  
In 2005, partnering with the  North American Menopause Society, Women’s Voices for Change created a happening, a big night out for women who were no strangers to coupled black tie events. But this one was different — the women were invited to come solo. The code we used was: “Black Tie, No Pants”.
It was a gala like none other, an evening where fabulous women of style, intelligence and courage presented themselves in stunning gowns and their best jewelry to be the real face and voice of The New Menopause. Liz Smith and the late Gov. Ann Richards were the hosts of the night and Bette Midler entertained. A  handful of men came from NAMS and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Vernon Jordan drew the winners of the night’s extraordinary prizes (too bad he wasn’t one of the prizes). Graf Jewelry underwrote the event and I wore half a million dollars of jewelry. The press loved us and the event. Vogue had covered the pre-planning in its Age issue in August. Bill Cunningham covered it. Given the space they gave us, New York Social Diary was also clearly enchanted by the collective power and beauty in the room that night.

Gail Sheehy, our first Champion for Change, was honored for blazing the trail in The Silent Passage. She received a Steuben bowl designed by the artist Michele Oka Donor as well as Prada’s handbag of the moment.

Women’s Voices for Change raised an unheard of amount of money and beat the pants off of many a co-ed event. Afterward, to bring the message of the new menopause and the vitality and vivaciousness of “women of a certain age” to a wide audience, we created Women’s Voices for Change. (Above left, our original blog format. We’ve come a long way! — Ed.) Now we are 2,000 posts older and as wise and wise-cracking as ever. We have reached legions of women with excellent medical advice from our medical advisory board. Our page views have increased exponentially and The New York Times, among other publications, recognizes us as an authority on women’s health and related topics. Clearly our community building has paid off, and we continue to look forward to reaching and interacting with you and your friends and colleagues who recognize the power and beauty of women in the second half of their lives. We owe abundant thanks to the expertise of many, but without our editors, Susan Delson, Carla Baranauckas, and our rock, Chris Lombardi, the journey would have been much more difficult. We have been graced with a wonderful Board of Directors, a virtual force of nature, whose power and wisdom keep us on course. We are fortunate to have in Catherine D. Wood, a new board Chairperson.

To our numerous friends, writers and contributors, we say thank you again. We hope you will continue to take part in our conversations as we forge a new direction under the leadership of our first full-time editor, Maura Rhodes (right). Multifaceted and accomplished in the worlds of magazine and virtual journalism, Maura will be reaching out to readers to express themselves from far and wide and every corner of the nation. You’ll read more about her impressive experience and far-reaching vision in the weeks to come.

We are here for you and because of you. We march with you and are inspired by you. We need you to play a role as a reader, writer or both. We speak for you, yes, and we hope you will be inspired to speak here, too. We look forward to both being and hearing your voice in the days and years to come.


Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.,Publisher, Women’s Voices for Change, Inc.


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  • Millicent December 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    CONGRATS! Such a wonderful celebration and milestone. It was about time for a Solo Night Out. Cheers to all involved. I am proud to be a part of this site.

  • Shari Markbreiter September 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you so much, Pat, to you and your outstanding team at WVFC, and congratulations on this milestone! You have all given me the inspiration to embrace change and have greater confidence in what lies ahead. Bravo ladies!

  • Mare Contrare September 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Cheers to Women’s Voices For Change. Not only is the content interesting and exciting I have actually made friends through it!

    While it is definitely Women For Change, it is also women bringing women together to forge new roads ahead and proves, women don’t die when they bleed out…they evolve into magnificence.

  • Ruth Turner September 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Congratulations to Pat Allen and everyone involved. This has been a welcome morning greeting on my e-mail. Welcome to the new editor! You have really grown up and are entering the big time with a professional editor.

  • Faith September 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Here, here. Kudos to us. We’ve come a long way, indeed. Thanks to us, the road ahead is illuminated.

  • Roz Warren September 12, 2011 at 8:48 am

    You look fabulous in that brown dress1

  • S. Bewkes September 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Congratulations to you all!! Such an accomplishment – and we are all the beneficiaries of your collective wisdom and generosity!!

  • alice ray cathrall September 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Bravo Pat!