Speaking with an Active Voice grant

Robin Ferst Howser, Founder of The Ferst Readers chosen as one of 15 recipients of the Speaking with an Active Voice grant.

Congratulations to the 15 winners of the Speaking With an Active Voice Grant Program!

The program celebrates and recognizes women, ages 45-55, who refuse to let mid-life slow them down and who actively choose to enhance their lives and the lives of those around them.

Today's baby-boomer woman is more active and involved in her own health and well-being as well as with activities in the workplace and community.

"Women can't afford to be slowed down during mid-life," says Dr. Susan Fox, an internist and a member of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA).

Applications were considered for projects in a number of areas, including education and lifelong learning, visual arts, literacy arts, performing arts, business, medicine, civic and neighborhood programs, advancement of women's health, and government. Applicants were not required to be on HRT to be selected for a grant.

More than 1,100 grant applications were submitted.

The applications were evaluated by a panel of six judges: three representives each from AMWA and Pharmacia Corporation.

The winners were announced nationally on October 18, International Menopause Day. Each of the 15 winners received a grant of $6,500 to help execute her project.

Official spokesperson Meredith Baxter was on hand to announce the winners. Meredith is a prime example of an intelligent, independent woman who has continued to live an active, productive life after entering mid-life. She is a champion of women's rights and has spoken out on several women's health issues in the past few years. Educating women about menopause and the Speaking With an Active Voice Program is a natural extension of her effrots to help women manage their own healthcare and well-being.

"These extraordinary women embody the spirit of modern women in mid-life," says Meredith Baxter.

Literacy Facts

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 5 of our children lives in poverty
  • Approximately 61 percent of low-income families do not have a single piece of reading material suitable for a child
  • A third of our children come to school unprepared to learn
  • One in four children in America grow up without learning how to read
  • The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home
  • Students who do not read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school
  • Children from middle-income homes have on average 13 books per child. There is only one book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods

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