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WE Magazine Wonders of FALL Issue is Now LIVE

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the rich bold colors, the changing of leaves and the crispness in the air.  So many things happen during the Fall Season. We start planning for our holidays, we spend more time with family and friends and when the weather changes we can cozy up to a fire with those we love.

Fall is a time for celebrating women.  For instance September 21-23 is International Women’s eCommerce Days, Sept. 22 is Women Business Owners Day and many women left their mark on the world as they made history. Notable women of October include: Sarah E. Goode becomes the first African-American woman to receive a patent, for a bed that folded up into a cabinet. Goode, who owned a furniture store in Chicago, intended the bed to be used in apartments (1885), Anna Rosenberg became the first woman to receive the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States (1945) and Capt. Linda Bray lead American Troops into combat (1989).   In November we celebrate Elizabeth I on her becoming Queen of England (1558), Susan B. Anthony who registered to vote in Rochester, New York (1872), Freda du Faur who climbed Mount Cook in New Zealand in a record 6 hours. She was the first woman to scale the peak, and she did it wearing a skirt (1910), Mother Teresa founded Mission of Charity, Calcutta (1950) and Grace Murray Hopper A Pioneer Computer Scientist was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and she developed the first compiler for a computer programming language (1952). In December the National Organization for Women ~ NOW was founded (1966),  Wilma P. Mankiller was sworn in as tribal chief of the Cherokee nation, the first woman to hold this post (1985) and Mary Robinson was elected as president of the Republic of Ireland (1990).  These are just a few of the many exceptional things women have accomplished in the Fall months throughout history.

WE Magazine for Women also had a few firsts. For instance, we held our first Cover Story Competition, WE debuted our Women’s Hall of Fame with 88 remarkable women and this month announced our Video Competition Results.  It really is a fantastic FALL.

There are several accomplished women featured in this issue including our Cover Girl, Jennifer Storm ~ Victim Witness Assistance Program,  our back cover featuring Tara Montague Mary’s Place Pediatric Rehab, and 13 other amazing women including Christina Domecq ~ SpinVox,  Beth Shaw ~ Yoga Fit, Michelle Soudry ~ The Gab Group, Karen Vandergrift ~ Estancia Tierra Santa, Holly Richardson ~ Community Activist and Author, Tara Reed ~ Tara Reed Designs, Debbie Quintana Gourmet Gifts & The Spirit of Wellness, Darcie Harris EWF International, Candyce Kanuchok Kalliope Audiobooks LLC, Jamie Inman “Stay in the Pink” for Cancer Awareness, Heather Ledeboer Mom4Life, Jann Robinson ~ Backstage Catering Company and Theresa Earnheart ~ Track Chic You can read more about these women in the Women’s Hall of Fame section.
In addition to all these great women, the articles submitted by our editorial team and other women writers include:

Scotland ~ Land of the Brave

A New Reality on Luxury Brands

Feng Shui at Work

Celebrating our Authentic Bodies

Whisky, the Water of Life

The Girls Guide to Gadgets and Goodies

This issue is jam-packed with important information, ideas and tools to help you succeed in business and life. Be sure to read all these articles as well as our regular features.

You can access the digital edition via PDF here:

And for the more tech-savvy, we have the turning page edition here:

By the way, if you are so inclined, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Feel free to drop me a line (heidi at and let my team and I know how we are doing and more importantly how we can make WE Magazine for Women THE WORLDS BEST MAGAZINE for WOMEN.

May the WONDERS of FALL fill your home and heart with love, peace and prosperity as we begin our season of celebrations!


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  2. Kathleen Scheller says:

    I see you praise Capt. Linda Bray for her heroics in Panama and hold her as an example for celebrating women’s accomplishments. It is curious to me why you would post such widely discredited, now discounted information.

    During the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, initial reports from Pentagon sources indicated that Captain Bray had led a military police squad into fierce combat, capturing a dog kennel and crashing a jeep through a fence. At the time, Captain Bray’s actions were publicized by the Pentagon and hailed widely as proof that women are well suited for combat, — which your site still does. Later it was revealed, however, that these initial reports were wrong: 1) Bray in fact had been a half-mile from the scene when the shooting occurred, 2) there were no casualties after a ten-minute scuffle, and 3) not she but her male subordinate had driven the jeep through the fence. This is not to say that Captain Bray did not act honorably; simply that Army inaccurately glorified her role, as it did Jessica Lynch’s in Iraq, and now regarding Sgt. Kimberly Munley’s at Fort hood.

    As the accurate information about Panama emerged, it was revealed further that during the invasion, a female truck driver taking male troops into a combat zone started crying. Another woman who had been performing the same job also broke into tears; and the two women, who were refusing to continue as drivers, were relieved of duty. After reporters learned about the incident, the Army took pains to convey that the women had not disobeyed orders or been derelict in their duty. On the contrary, according to an Army official quoted in the Washington Post: “They performed superbly.”

    Since men, too, have been relieved of duty after breaking down emotionally during combat, the point is not to single these women out. The point is that the Army was dishonest about the incident. To call the performance of a soldier who breaks down and cries during combat and refuses to follow orders ‘superb’ is ludicrous and patronizing.

    There might be a case made for women as full partners in the military, but this is known to be in accurate; and by profferring it you are part of the dishonesty and patronization that, ultimately, only undermines the cause.

    Kathleen Scheller

  3. Heidi Richards says:

    Thank you Kathleen for your comments about Capt. Bray.

    I was not aware of the controversy surrounding her commendations (or lack therof) and appreciate you setting the record straight.

    Mostly appreciate that you took time to detail the events as I am sure our readers will.

    Wishing you all the best… and then some.

    Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher

  4. Kathleen Scheller says:

    I appreciate your gracious response. Please know that I am not attacking WE; I was simply responding to inaccurate information that, it seems to me, does women a disservice in the long run.

    There was really no research involved in my clarification regarding Capt. Bray; it’s widely known and I’m surprised anyone gives it any credence. Private Lynch was a more notorious example; and now I fear that Sgt. Munley (Ft. Hood) will join the unfortunate listing of this “Rush to Glory” imposed by an opportunistic military and an undiscriminating media. And the losers are, as usual, the women involved, who were simply performing their jobs well.

    There is really no reason for us to compete with men on their terms. Each of these distortions was a “Rambo” scenario; and none of them was either realistic or accurate. And in the end, it makes women in general look foolish.

    I was a stand-out athlete in high school and also in college. I’m strong, fit and athletic; and I’m a leader. So when I went into the military, I was not willing to compromise because of gender. But in basic training I came to terms with the differences between men and women. For example, although I objected at first, women were not given live grenades to throw, as were the men, simply because most of us could not throw them a safe distance from ourselves. And even some of the men who were physically smaller than I were noticeably stronger.

    There was indeed some sexism; however, I myself was not subjected to it. Ironically, I found that the men respected the women for simply giving it our best; our falling short by male standards seemed insignificant to them. I was part of a good, professional team of men and women. I’m a woman, and that’s okay; I neither made the coffee nor crashed a weapons-firing jeep through a gate. I learned that it’s all about whom you can count on; and in that regard, the men and women were on equal footing. The women who had to constantly prove themselves were as much of a liability as were the men of the same ilk. And that is what I resent about this recurring “Rush to Glory” about women.

    Keep up the good work. WE is a fine publication.