Letter from the Editor

Well, hello, Rochester Women Magazine readers! It’s been awhile. What’s new with you? Just kidding. That’s a silly question.

I think we can all agree that this is about the weirdest time we’ve ever lived. As a small business owner, it’s been tough financially, and I think we’re all seeing the value of spending our money as locally as possible. Get your pesky problems solved at three local businesses (p. 38). Check out and support our advertisers, as well as BBIWOC-owned businesses (p. 34). 

Not sure what BBIWOC stands for yet? Time to do some learning. Start with some book recommendations about antiracism on page 10. Learn about some young Rochester women who are stepping into their greatness and leading a movement for racial justice (p. 20). Immerse yourself in the story of a woman who came from Qatar via New York City and Iowa to land in Rochester and who patiently takes every opportunity she can to debunk the pervasively negative portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media (p. 18).

Need some ideas for enjoyment? Check out the Rochester Civic Theatre’s new streaming option (p. 12) and learn about some sisters who bring joy through their music (p. 13). Get a workout (p. 14). Get your hands dirty in the kitchen making some delicious dumplings (  JiăoZi) (p. 16) and then in the garden (p. 24). Finally, take a tour of some beautiful and historic homes (p. 32).

We are trying a new way of distributing this magazine – sending it directly to readers. We’re sending 10,000 copies with an additional 2,000 copies to be distributed around Rochester. Please be patient with us as we work out the inevitable kinks that come with a change in procedure.

We at RWM are trying to find something positive that has come from the pandemic. For me, the biggest thing is not being so busy. How about for you? My wish for you is that you have experienced something positive, but I know that’s not true for everyone. We send a huge amount of gratitude to all those who we recognize as essential, and may we continue to honor those who can’t stay home by wearing masks and spreading kindness wherever we go.