As women entering our post-childbearing years, we have a particularly well-informed perspective on the importance of a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body; some of us even acutely remember the dark days before Roe v Wade legalized abortion in 1973. Now, with this most fundamental right in jeopardy, we are speaking out, telling our stories. Deborah Copaken wrote this beautiful piece in The Atlantic about her “ratio” — the number of pregnancies versus live births — and why she decided toterminate two pregnancies among her three live births.
Our community keeps growing in new and exciting ways. This week we launched Art & Craft on The Woolfer — see below to find out more about this week’s featured artist, Elizabeth Hazan — and our podcast, Raging Gracefully, premieres this week! We also have several fun upcoming events (Scrabble? Run for the Cure? Leather Leggings?) for Woolfers only, so keep an eye out for announcements. Finally, there’s still time to enter our sweepstakes to win a $500 Malia Mills gift certificate, and Woolfer tote and tee!
Our podcast, Raging Gracefully, launches on August 15th! (Special sneak peak Wednesday, August 8th.) Hosted by Nina and Hillary Richard (one of our OG mods), Raging Gracefully tackles topics that are near and dear to women our age, all with humor and depth, the same way we do in our FB group. We’ll feature guest experts as well as call-in questions and comments from listeners, and a fabulous anthem. You’ll be able to find episodes at The Woolfer or wherever you get podcasts. We hope you’ll subscribe, and write a review if you enjoy it. It would mean the world to us!
Woolfer Wisdom on Bio-identical Hormones
If you’ve never read the English writer Rachel Cusk, we can’t encourage you more. Her work is not easy; she’s cantankerous and dark, and doesn’t give an inch. But we admire her to no end, and this trilogy — Outline, Transit, and Kudos — the final entry of which has just come out, is excellent. Just don’t expect plot! Lorrie Moore perhaps said it best, calling Cusk The Queen of Rue. (Also, not to be missed is Cusk’s essay on Raising Teenagers, which ran in the The New York Times a few years back. Her tone/thought/attitude is pitch perfect.)
Art & Craft
Featuring the work of Elizabeth Hazan:
“I am trying to capture a kind of light and feeling of the sky and terrain, but they are as much about the language of painting, color and line. I’m interested in the different intrusions and cuts in the land.”
WTF Do I Do? #7: Domestic Violence 101
“My daughter’s husband punched her hard in the face last night…”
One in 3 women in the United States has experienced physical abuse from an intimate partner (the number jumps to 2 in 5 for black women.) And those are only the reported cases. Given the prevalence of domestic violence, we have put together this special edition of WTF Do I Do? addressing the issue.
What better way to enhance the already fabulous beach days of August? A little glitter in your sunscreen!
In Case You Missed It
Woolfers on summer vacation! Kristen Buckley in Paris, and Sarah Bird in the wild!
A national collective of women, Woolf PAC supports progressive non-profits — large and small — at risk in our current political environment. Members contribute $25/month for four grant rounds. Last quarter, we donated grants in the amount of $7,374 to organizations advocating criminal justice reform. Our current focus is Protect Immigrant Families. Members have until September 3rd to nominate a deserving non-profit and one month to cast their vote for their favorite one.