Dear Friends,

This week we attended #BlogHer2018, a two-day conference in New York City for female content creators. Not only were we inspired by all the creative and passionate women we met (including several Woolfers!), but we learned a ton. And Nina gave a kickass intro to a conversation between Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Christy Turlington Burns about women’s reproductive health, family policies, and health care (you can watch it here).

Among articles that moved us this week were The Gift of Menopause, a recent NYT op-ed piece by Margaret Renkl, a gorgeously written essay about the sometimes hidden virtues of being women our age, and Daphne Beal’s courageous and equally beautifully piece in Vogue about her recent experience with a brain tumor. It’s never dull as we wend our way through these years, is it?

The Woolfer

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Woolfer Wisdom

Just in case you thought you might be too old to have a new sexual adventure ….
Welcome to the Orgy Dome.

Woolfer Words: Cliché

Check out the latest word investigation by Woolfer lexicographer Kory Stamper.

“When you become a woman of A Certain Age, as it is so delicately put, you find your priorities shift and your capacity for dealing with inanity of all types shrinks. Ah, people say, it is what it is. And you grit your teeth and try not to say, ‘What the hell is that supposed to mean?’…”

Woolfer Reads

If you haven’t read Roxana Robinson, you must. She’s a literary master at exposing and exploring the ever-fascinating complexities of familial ties. Here, a sampling of some of our favorite titles (pictured above) from her oeuvre: Sparta explores the difficult homecoming of a young man after four years in Iraq. Sweetwater offers a poignant account of a young widow’s second marriage. Cost details a mother’s struggle dealing with her son’s heroin addiction. And, in Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life, Robinson uses her sharp insight into relationships to render an intimate portrait of this groundbreaking female artist.

“Roxana Robinson’s beautifully rendered prose captures moments of domestic drama—sometimes painful, sometimes ecstatic, always heartrending and illuminating.”
Joyce Carol Oates

Art & Craft: Melinda Risk

“I love making tiny things. They seem very personal and can hold many secrets.”

Woolfer Win

Woolfer Katy Bruni wore these glittery Phat Buddha leggings when she taught yoga at our retreat in July, and we’re now obsessed with them. Great for exercise but also great with a big sweater come fall.


The Woolfer Team will be running the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in New York City on September 9th.

If you’re in the area we’d love to have you on the team! And if you’re not in New York, but are looking for a worthy cause to support, please consider donating.

RE our Facebook Group

We’ve retired the preface WWVWD and renamed all our subgroups Woolfer etc… The main group, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? will continue to bear her original name.

Woolf PAC

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.

Business Directory

Run your own business? Want to support your fellow Woolfer? Check out our directory and use this form to submit your listing!

The Woolfer Newsletter Team
Stephanie Staal and Nina Collins have worked together and adored each other since 1994 when they were both babies in the world of book publishing. Stephanie is a lawyer, journalist, & author of READING WOMEN, and Nina is the founder of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" Hillary Richard is also a lawyer and co-host of the Raging Gracefully podcast. Sidney Morss is a recent NYU grad and the youngest member of our team.