WANTED: Fabulous Women with Fine Ideas!
What is the focus of A Woman’s Voice group?
A Woman’s Voice is a monthly program designed to engage women to speak their minds on whatever issues move them. We started off virtually on zoom and are now meeting in person with a virtual component. Some people come regularly, while others drop in intermittently. We are hoping to grow the group and encourage people to step forward and take the lead on topics they wish to discuss. There are so many issues that are important to women; we could easily meet weekly!
What was the inspiration for this group?
It started with an article in The Washington Post about a 98-year-old woman at the Boca Raton JCC who has been leading a women’s discussion group for 20 years! Our dedicated volunteer, Mimi Rosenberg (who is not quite 98 yet), called her former cohort, Carla Rosenfeld out of retirement to start our own group at the Pozez JCC!
What do you talk about?
As co-leaders, Carla and Mimi keep their eyes and ears open to bring provocative and meaningful topics of interest to the meeting each month. The first meeting focused on the concept of purpose based on the quote, “The purpose of life is life with a purpose.” Other areas of discussion have included: working moms then & now; abortion rights; the film Beyond 60 (with its director); and climate change. At our last meeting we talked about women who have inspired us — Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Walters, Hillary Clinton, and Rita Moreno were some we examined. One attendee shared the story of her grandmother, who was truly inspirational to her.
Is there anything else we should know?
There is a social aspect to the group! If Covid has taught us anything, it is the importance of social interaction. We love when people…share personal stories, go off on a tangent—taking the discussion wherever it may lead—and making new connections. Just sitting and listening is fine, too.
A Woman’s Voice is open to all women. It’s an opportunity for conversation, camaraderie, and coffee, with no pressure. The next meeting is scheduled for January 12. 2022
By Carla Rosenfeld