When Team Gennev went looking for the right face to put on our website, we had a good idea what we were looking for: a face that showed the strength, resilience, beauty, and energy of a woman in midlife and menopause.
It can be hard to find images of mature women doing anything besides fanning themselves and looking annoyed.
Happily, we finally found lots of incredible choices on the Ageist website: active women over 50 living their best lives, overcoming challenges, and full of the postmenopausal "zest" Margaret Mead was talking about.
We went a little crazy with the credit card, purchasing the rights to use these wonderful images of real women.
As Ageist founder David Stewart said in his podcast with Gennev's Jill Angelo, we just don't see ourselves in the typical, commercial images of people our age. So when you come across a treasure trove of representative images, you take advantage.
One of the images we loved was that of Aliza Sherman — we loved it so much, she graces Gennev's home page with her wide-open smile. You can just feel the hum of energy and life flowing through her.
Not long ago, @AlizaSherman tweeted, "Yes, that’s me. Apparently I’m the happy face of menopause." Team Gennev had been wanting to reach out and ask her to do a podcast; this was the nudge we needed. What follows is that conversation.
We know there are more "Happy Faces of Menopause" out there — maybe even your face! Share it with us on our Instagram, and tag @MyGennev and #HappyFaceOfMenopause!
We'd love to know how your menopause is going! Join us in the Gennev Community forums.