Welcome to mobileWOMEN ~ Let’s Grow!

Bethany A. Hoppe: Editor

I am so excited to introduce all of you to our updated mobileWOMEN website! But first, it is without delay that I want to express my gratitude to our founder, Wendy Crawford, for creating this premiere online magazine for women who use wheelchairs. Because of Wendy’s passion, creative spark, and charisma for great ideas that benefit women with disabilities, mobileWOMEN has developed into one of the leading online resources for women to seek advice, share ideas with one another, and interact with one another. mobileWOMEN publishes contributor and guest blogger articles on a bi-weekly format. Many of our articles talk about romance, personal stories and experiences, or they point us toward credible sources to find solutions to our unique health challenges and concerns. And as always ~ we use our magazine and community to celebrate our achievements together.

Beyond the online magazine, our mobileWOMEN Facebook page extends a closed, private venue for our community of women with disabilities to have discussions, ask questions, and share information with one another in virtual real-time. By joining our online Facebook Group, you can also keep up with announcements, new features in the magazine, and of course humor and inspirational Memes! These and other inceptions developed by Wendy and the mobileWOMEN team, will always be a part of our design – it is what we’re about!

Wendy Crawford: Founder

I’d like to invite you to take a moment to get to know the new layout in mobileWOMEN Magazine. Many features have been consolidated or streamlined for your convenience, with more archived publications being added as we progress. Some standout articles have already been loaded into specialized categories of Health & Relationships, Travel, or Fashion & Entertainment. The Resource page has been updated with live links to products, services, and organizations, with additions being plugged in all the time. Plus there is now a Contact Form if ever you want to reach out to us. If you would like to learn more about our contributing writers, you can read their profiles, here.

As we continue to grow, look for new features, too! Some concepts that are in development include an advice column where subscribers can submit questions anonymously. One of our contributing writers, based on the nature of the question and their knowledge or experience of the subject, will post select questions and answers to our website, and on our Facebook page. Also in development, we are working on opening a Store for mobileWOMEN merchandise, alongside shopping links to collaborating vendors. More on those ideas will come at a later date – so stay tuned!

Welcome – we are excited to begin our new adventure together with you! Leave us a comment, just say “Hi!” or let us know what you would like to see more of in mobileWOMEN Magazine! Be sure to subscribe to our email list on our new site so you do not miss a thing! Have a great week – stay tuned to hear all about Fashion Week from our next guest blogger, Alicia Searcy of Fashion is 4 Everybody!

Exciting Changes Ahead: A Letter from mobileWOMEN Founder!

”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Wendy Crawford: Founder

In 2002, mobileWOMEN.org was created by women in wheelchairs who were having difficulty finding answers to their questions related to health, fashion, relationships, and more. Even the most basic information was very difficult to find. Women with disabilities were seldom represented in the media and, if we were, oftentimes we were portrayed as victims; however, we knew that the outside world was not an accurate reflection of our strong community. Despite the lack of resources, we were dynamic women who were having children, pursuing careers, competing in professional sports and becoming community leaders. 

We wanted to create an accessible online community and provide a platform where our voices could be heard; where we could share dreams, projects, experiences, insights, day-to-day triumphs and even frustrations. We have learned there is no better resource than one another.

As founder and editor, I am proud of the fact that our community has grown and expanded, arming women with knowledge in over ten countries. mobileWOMEN.org is thankful for the support from W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, The California Endowment Fund and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. I am extremely grateful for our contributors who have volunteered their time and expertise throughout the years. I can’t help but be in awe of their fortitude, wisdom, generosity and courage to share their personal stories and experiences. 

Because of the efforts of all differently-abled women worldwide, I am thrilled to say that there has been an exciting shift, a revolution, so to speak. More and more, we see diversity in the media, examples of inclusion, an increase in representation, and traditional beauty standards being redefined. That being said, there is still work to do, glass ceilings to break and goals to be achieved, but we are on our way! mobileWOMEN have found their voice and are finally being heard. 

Bethany A. Hoppe: Editor

Personally, I feel like this is the perfect time for me to move onto the next phase of my life and start a new chapter. I am not sure where this chapter is going to lead, but I am excited at the possibilities. I am beyond thrilled that mobileWOMEN.org will now be in the capable hands of Bethany Hoppe, one of our long-time devoted contributors! Bethany, who truly manages to “do it all”, is a mother, wife, former university instructor, advocate, author, athlete, model and screenwriter. She has an undeniable passion to empower women with disabilities and to strengthen our community. I am confident that Bethany will bring an exciting, new perspective to mobileWOMEN.org and elevate it to new heights.  

I’m truly thankful that life’s challenges has led me to connect with amazing, resilient and powerful women like yourselves. I thank you for your support, your love and kinship over the years.  I treasure all that I have learned and the lifelong friendships that I’ve made. There is no denying that there is a special bond that exists between all of us, a common thread that unites us and, as a result, makes us stronger. I encourage you to continue to uplift and support one another. Together we are unstoppable!

As Margaret Mead once said,”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

COMING SOON! Watch for the welcome letter from the editor ~ and most importantly ~ the same informative content that you’ve come to expect at mobileWOMEN.org!