I am reading your editors letter in the November issue of More, the person who blew the doors off open for women wearing pants was not YSL, it was Katharine Hepburn.
She was the first woman to wear pants while lounging by the pool, to Hollywood parties and out in public. Not many people know that it is just one of those things I learned a while back and thought I would share with you.
Keep up the fantastic work for all us women over 40.
Your section on social work was interesting but could have included more relevant points. For example clinical social workers provide more mental health service in the US than psychologists and psychiatrists combined. School social workers have flexible schedules and many clinical social workers are employed in the substance abuse fields. The side column on What You'll Need was in error. The professional degree that is most desired for employment is the MSW and is required for licensure, in most agency and health settings aw well as independent practice.
--Phillip L. Elbaum, LCSW, Deerfield, Illinois
I was shocked when I read Joanne Kaufman's article memoirs! She could have been referring specifically to me. I, too, experienced a similar affair. "John" also left his wife, went back and eventually divorced shortly after my marriage.
I recently connected to him, via email, after 20 years. I, too, experienced some very conflicted emotions. I emailed that I will always have special feelings for "John" and he replied that he felt the same. I don't plan to pursue this any further as I have been married 32 years and have a good marriage.
After I read Joanne's conclusion that she needed to know that she still mattered, it really helped me process those feelings. I felt the same way..I wanted to know I mattered. I felt her article was written especially for me. It helped me tremendously.
I opened up my most recent issue of your wonderful publication (November issue), and was very excited to begin reading "10 Great Careers..." (p. 114). I was very disappointed, however, to read the section on Medical Professionals, that you did not mention advanced practice nursing (nurse practitioners). I have been a CRNP for 17 years, and truly believe, as do most of my peers, that there is no better profession in medicine.
In most states we have more freedom and autonomy than PA's, and we get the best of both worlds...doing medicine while also being what it means to be and think like a nurse (not a physician).
Requirements are stringent and expensive...perhaps this is why more RN's do not go further with their education. However, the rewards are well worth it.
--Mary Polson, Camp Hill, PA
Wow! I got my new issue in the mail today and kicked back with a delightful cocktail to read the magazine. But I damn near spit out my drink when I read the first line of Jean Chatzky's column. She writes, "Changes are, you're bringing home more money now than ever before..." What planet is she writing from these days?
I'm a highly educated professional woman with great work experience and like MANY of my peers; I am woefully unemployed after being laid off several years ago. Every day is a struggle - both financially and mentally - to keep going on. I had to move to a considerably smaller place, have no health insurance and drive a 12 year old car. I consider myself lucky; I have no one to worry about but myself and am surrounded by a loving and supportive network of friends and family. Bravo to those gals who are taking it to the bank; some of them are my close friends.
But Jean needs to get out of the office and her small world and see what is going on around the country to educated professional women who are experiencing firsthand the crisis we keep hearing about. Why not write about that?
BTW, I also got my subscription renewal and happily wrote that precious check!
--Linda Isenson, Seattle, WA