At long last, society seems to be approaching a new era of openness about the menopause. The conversation, however, is still in its infancy – examining this phase of a woman’s life through the lens of an illness that needs to be cured!
Menopause is a phase of life that all women will experience. It is inevitable. It cannot be escaped… It is coming for us all! Its effects can be widespread, subtle or extreme – impacting all aspects of our lives from our family and relationships to our career. Sometimes, it alters the very essence of who we are.
Excited about the menopause? Yes, you read correctly, that’s true! I must be one of the few women who was actually looking forward to the peri menopause and menopause because for 30 years I had experienced quite debilitating premenstrual symptoms which would last for two weeks every month.
The Cheshire Woman of the Year Award is the perfect opportunity to provide truly worthy women with the recognition they deserve – recognition they might never otherwise receive. It is an annual event that has been held for a number of years and supports the NSPCC’s work in Cheshire and Wirral.
Maya Angelou was an exceptional woman with an exceptional mind. She blossomed from a traumatic early childhood to a life lived abundantly with a fierce love of language, which she used to communicate some very important messages for the development of humanity.
Although Otrera Aromatics primarily celebrates and supports women going through the menopause, we also love to champion and spotlight younger women who are making a real difference in the world, demonstrating how powerful and influential we can be at any age. One such young woman I hugely admire is Malala Yousafzai, whose courage and tenacity in the face of male violence and patriarchal oppression is truly inspiring.
As I write this in 2022, we’re still a long, long way from achieving gender equality. Despite several undeniable steps in the right direction, we’re still fighting against old attitudes, beliefs and systems which seem embedded in society. I’m reminded of the women who have gone before us and the contributions they made that we benefit from today. One such woman is Millicent Fawcett.
We live in an age dominated by the search and maintenance of physical beauty - no matter what age we are. Women in particular are placed under often intense scrutiny for how we look – are we too old? Too thin? Too fat? Too sexy? Is this what we want not only for ourselves, but for our daughters, who are growing up with an increasingly warped view of what matters and an impression of the ageing process as something to be avoided rather than embraced, and celebrated?