I wanted to share feedback with you about how much I enjoy reading the articles in More. I am 44, and don't buy any other magazines on a regular basis as I do with yours. The articles are fantastic, inspiring and relevant to issues facing women today. I am on the precipice of my own career reinvention, soon to be leaving a corporate job after many years to fulfill what I hope to do with starting a business and writing a book. Thanks for being at the helm of what is one of the best magazines out there for women in my generation.
Just read your Editor’s Letter in the October issue. I thoroughly agree with the beauty and brains conversation. And at 56 years old, wholeheartedly believe you can be beautiful and have a brain! Not that I’m a great beauty by any means. But I love fashion and want to know what is going on each season and what is the latest and the greatest. But at the same time I am a news junkie and want to know all about current events, local, national or worldwide. And I love nothing better than talking to a woman who has her own opinion and can hold a conversation or have a discussion about something more than just trivial small-talk.
Thanks for agreeing with me!
--Peg Cummings, New Franken, WI
When I was 19 years old I worked in an insurance office. I love to sew and had made the dress I was wearing that day (burgundy, slim straight cut to the knee, shoulder pads -was late 70's - and even made the belt!). I was getting out of the elevator one day when I overheard a woman laugh out loud and say "yeah, but I bet she can't type". The comment was meant for me - the age old beauty and brains dispute. I held the door and replied "oh yes I can, and I do it very well, thank you". I was shaking I was so angry - but I never forgot that remark, and ever since then, it has made me work harder, no matter how I look.
--Pamela Pellegrini, Fairfield, CT
One that has plagued me for as long as I can remember. And since I read it (and sighed out loud on a plane to Europe) its taken me a while to write to you. I am not sure if that’s because I am trying to remember all the times its come into play in my life or because I was trying to figure out if I am willing to say it out loud. Maybe a little of both.
Or maybe I am wrestling with the fact that internally it has never been an issue for me. I have always felt that I am a competent woman AND I love everything about fashion and beauty. If it wasn’t for the perceptions of others –those that think the two things are mutually exclusive, I might not have ever had an issue with it. But we know that both peer and societal pressures can sometimes make you second-guess things you know to be true.
I am sure you don’t want the life history but if think back I was always the one try things first- makeup – before I was allowed, hair color- because my aunt owned a beauty salon, jewelry- cause cubic zirconia looked just like diamonds, hair extensions- cause long hair was in, eyelash extensions- cause they make my eyes look fabulous. I could go on and on. In the beginning I would simply tell my friends I was trying these things but then as I got older I realized this is who I am and my friends actually looked forward to me learning and reporting back to them.
There were a couple of times when it was more apparent than others that I had a foot in both worlds. Through my early years and though college I was involved in girl scouting. I was 25 years old, single and no kids but had always loved the organization and felt compelled to stay involved. I was asked to be in a promotional video to talk about what girl scouting had done for me and my career. I did my segment, talked about my experiences and how it’s shaped my ability to speak publicly and facilitate large groups of people.