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It's Time to Talk

The Menopause Art Exhibit Gallery

Morgan O'Donnell
Kelli Judkins-Cooper
Denise Weaver Ross
Victoria December

Denise Weaver Ross


Denise Weaver Ross is an artist, poet, and muralist. She has created five murals in the Albuquerque area, and her poems have been published in anthologies both nationally and internationally. As an artist, she explores her understanding of the world through images richly layered with mythological, natural, cultural, and historical references. For her, the magic happens when disparate images combine to make a new and unexpected image with layers rich with hidden meaning. Denise is known for her large thematic series such as House of Cards, Legendary Creatures, Art of the I Ching, and her newest series, Postcards to America.

You can find Denise at

These two works-on-paper were originally done as studies for a book project guiding women to become better writers by focusing on the different stages of their lives from maiden to crone.


Rites of Passage I - $750

Mixed media on paper
34 x 26 inches

This piece can be purchased through the National Minority Health Alliance's THEart Alliance. The Buy Now button will take you there.

Rites of Passage II - $750

Mixed media on paper
34 x 26 inches

This piece can be purchased through the National Minority Health Alliance's THEart Alliance. The Buy Now button will take you there.


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What is Menopause?

Actual menopause is when a woman/person has gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. Menopause is often used as an umbrella term for the 3 stages of menopause: perimenopause, which can begin 8-10 years prior to menopause; menopause; and postmenopause, where symptoms can continue to be experienced for a decade or more. All 3 stages can be marked by a variety of symptoms (some research has suggested up to 34 different symptoms) or, for some women/people, no symptoms, or very mild symptoms.

About This Project

When I first started thinking about this project I didn’t see a lot of people talking about menopause. Heck, when I started experiencing perimenopause, my first doctor chalked things up to stress at work and prescribed anti-anxiety medication. This was a woman doctor too.  Eventually I found a doctor who knew about menopause and was fortunate to have my own support group born out of a program run by a company called Gennev.

Now, a few years later there are several FemTech companies focused on menopause and women’s health. I see more and more female celebrities talking about menopause and their experiences, including Oprah, Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more.

This is wonderful, but not everybody pays attention to celebrities. Not everyone can afford to get healthcare or education from private pay FemTech companies. So I wanted to help raise awareness about this topic that every woman who is fortunate enough to live long enough will experience. I also wanted to share women’s voices on the topic. And I wanted to do it in a way that resonates with me and that is art. I was fortunate that my proposal also resonated with the City of Albuquerque’s UETF Resiliency Residency committee! More recently, The National Minority Health Association has also signed on to help support the project.

Menopause and Work

“Menopause often intersects with a critical career stage. It usually occurs between ages 45 and 55 – which is also the age bracket during which women are most likely to move into top leadership positions (technically 53.46 years old for a CEO). Since menopause generally lasts between seven and 14 years, millions of postmenopausal women are coming into management and top leadership roles while experiencing mild to severe symptoms such as depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation and cognitive impairment, to name a few. A recent Korn Ferry analysis finds that women hold only around 25% of C-suite positions. If we want to continue to move the needle on the number of women in leadership roles and maintain their valuable contributions to a company’s bottom line, I believe we need to be more open about what menopause is and how it affects both individuals and organizations.”

“It’s Time to Start Talking About Menopause at Work” by Jeneva Patterson for Harvard Business Review