Learning that most women enter the stages of menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 with the average age being 51, PauseMeNot founder, Jyl Johnson Pattee, set out in her mid-forties to find a one-stop-shop where she could gather information, get educated, connect with women in a similar life situation, and purchase the best of the best products to minimize the effects of menopause’s many symptoms. She found that few sites existed and none that offered an all-in-one experience. Worse, she experienced the taboo when talking to or asking friends questions about menopause—an issue that impacts 25 million women


So, Jyl is on a mission to break the taboo by starting a candid conversation about menopause. PauseMeNot focuses on empowering women with the information, education, connection, and products they need to make the most of midlife by living with a “don’t let your limitations limit you” attitude while moving through menopause.

Both a community and a movement, PauseMeNot aims to become B Corp certified by giving a percentage of its revenue to charities that support menopause-aged women and involving women in underserved populations on its leadership team and advisory board.

According to Jyl, “Women feel a lot of pressure to look, feel, and act like they’re 29 as they move through the aging process. But, when we have information available to make positive choices, like learning to love and take care of our bodies through all stages of life, we can continue to make a meaningful difference in our homes and communities as well as around the globe. After all, empowered women empower the world.”