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Suzanne Braun Levine is a journalist and a recognized authority on women, media matters, and family issues. She was editor of Ms. magazine from its founding in 1972 until 1989 and is currently a contributing editor of More magazine. She is the author of Father Courage, a book about contemporary parenting, and lives in New York.
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A genuinely inspiring read for women entering the â€œsecond adulthoodâ€ of their lives. Levine speaks frankly about how daunting it is to be a baby boom generation female trying to adjust to the hormonal and physical changes of menopause in the 21st century. But for all the confusion, she discovers, both through research and her own experiences, that it can be a time in which women blossom and reinvent themselves, let go of the past and embrace new challenges.
It's not just moms who are struggling with the work-family juggle; more dads are suffering from the stress of unreachable expectations and incompatible commitments. Now, in this second phase of the women's movement, one of the founding editors of Ms. magazine says men can be allies, not enemies, if they use their power (earned or not) to protect their families.
A brief, lively, and relatable guide to improving your health through friendshipOne of the best things a woman can do for her health, especially after the age of fifty, is nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. New studies show that women can change one another's brain chemistry for the better, which means those laughter-filled get-togethers are crucial to aging well. In other words, the post-fifty version of ';an apple a day' is ';nurture your friendships.'In her trademark stylea vibrant and accessible mix of anecdotes, personal observations, and relevant researchSuzanne Braun Levine's You Gotta Have Girlfriends is an inspiring and eye-opening affirmation of the power of female friendship in the second half of life.