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.

I am thrilled to announce that Women’s Voices for Change has just reached an amazing milestone: one million page views!

We began to write on November 21, 2006. We chose to create a realistic portrait of women over 40, pieced together from essays, humor, stories of reinvention, and celebrations of the impact that women over 40 have in all parts of life.

We knew we were not the stock characters of the old menopause. We knew that we were visible, vital, and that we have strong, intelligent opinions on style, culture, and life changes, whether the loss of a partner or living a full life without a partner.

We have opinions on the news, the impact of economic change on our demographic, and on issues as diverse as the destruction of the planet and the plight of those who have lost jobs, homes, and hope.

We have used the phrase “The New Menopause” as a social construct to explain that women who begin at 40 to plan for the second half of life will be emotionally and physically ahead of the curve as they navigate this important transition. The New Menopause is not about hormonal change. It is about a new way to look at the word ‘menopause:’ without fear, shame or denial.

One of the great myths of our time is that women over 40 want to be younger. This is more than a myth—it’s a gross oversimplification that demeans women. And it’s a lie. What we want is to be and feel confident, smart, beautiful, and at ease in our own bodies. Many of us are financially powerful and at the height of our careers. Others are finding new opportunities for personal satisfaction. The tumult that comes from hormonal shifts, fear of the unknown, and the natural response to a life transition gives each of us the fuel for our own evolution and reinvention.

Women’s Voices for Change has taken the lead in eliminating the antiquated, negative myths about who we are and replacing them with a vibrant new reality. We are creating a powerful community of women in their prime who are dedicated to making that prime a peak.

We owe a great debt to those who have supported us financially since our Launch Gala in November 2005. We would not exist without this generosity. We thank our writers who are growing in number and prominence. And of course, we owe the entire one million page views to our readers and our community. Thank you for being part of this conversation that has changed how the word ‘menopause’ is perceived, and how women over 40 feel about themselves.

We proudly proclaim our “one million served.” Now, just wait and see what we cook up next.

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  • dore hammond January 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Wonderful Pat!!

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  • S. Bewkes December 30, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Congratulations to Women’s Voices – a substantial achievement to be proud of!! And I am proud to add my voice occasionally to the mix!! Here’s to great things for 2012 – cheers!!