There are pros and cons to having two personas. For my entire career in the auto and tech worlds my business cards and email signatures have read Pamela Mahoney. I’m rather attached to my given name and, let’s face it, it’s a lot less intimidating to spell or pronounce than my married name Pamela Tsigdinos (Sig-din-us).
In the days when I was coming to terms with, well, you know the story, it was something of a relief to have two identities. That was then and this is now. I no longer feel the need to hide nor compartmentalize my life. This week gave me a chance to not only bring my names together but to bridge my professional and personal life. How? News that Apple and Facebook announced plans to cover egg freezing necessitated a reality check. Over the years I have become acquainted with a number of business reporters and editors. This weekend I sat down to write an opinion piece about what’s actually involved in fertility medicine and pitched it on Monday to the business press.
You can read the full piece here on FORTUNE. I’m also in discussions with a reporter from WIRED magazine. The tide, it seems, is turning. We are moving away from the fixed narrative that all treatments lead to success. It is my sincere hope that with added transparency and with more in-depth, reality-based reporting, a new generation of women will be better informed. It’s gratifying to see under-reported facts and treatment realities getting scrutiny.
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