The North American Menopause Society

December 06, 2005 09:02 AM US Eastern Timezone
The North American Menopause Society Collaborates with Women’s Voices for Change to Support Positive Image of Menopausal Women

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 6, 2005–The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the leading nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of women at menopause and beyond, is proud to annouce that its collaboration with Women’s Voices for Change was launched at a black-tie gala in New York City on November 21. Four hundred high-level women (and a few men) from media, finance, arts and culture, science, and the public sector gathered to celebrate “the new menopause.” Liz Smith and Ann Richards co-hosted this unique event with their trademark bravado and wit, and Bette Midler wowed the group with a song or two.

“I was aware that few women in New York City had heard of NAMS,” said Patricia Y. Allen, MD, a gynecologist, long-time NAMS member, and founder of the New York Menopause Center, “so I approached NAMS Executive Director, Wulf H. Utian, MD, PhD, about the possibility of forming a group of New York’s most powerful women to raise money and enhance awareness of NAMS. The NAMS Board of Trustees was delighted – and Women’s Voices for Change was born.”

“Working with this new nonprofit organization is enabling us to break new ground and reach a wider audience with our highly regarded consumer educational materials, as Women’s Voices for Change will utilize these materials in its educational mission,” said Utian. “NAMS also appreciates receiving some of the financial proceeds from the fundraiser gala.”

“This event was an opportunity for accomplished, beautiful women to show up at an event – not just to support a cause, but to be the cause,” Allen says. “We wants to change the perception of women in the menopausal transition by being role models. The collaboration between Women’s Voices for Change and NAMS will go far toward making women’s voices heard.”

NAMS is North America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of women through an understanding of menopause. The Society’s unique multidisciplinary membership of 2,000 experts from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, epidemiology, nutrition, education, and basic science – helping NAMS to be the preeminent resource on all aspects of menopause to healthcare providers and the public. (

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