Women in Western New York face life head-on, with a practical courage developed through good times and tough ones -- all the ups and downs that fate sends us. For our Women's Voices column, we would like to hear from you about experiences that you found life-changing, those times that bring a clarity to who we are and who we want to be.
Send your essay (up to 700 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, e-mail and daytime phone number. The columns are published on Saturdays, with a photo of the author. Submissions must be by e-mail. We will not publish anything that seems promotional or from anyone we cannot reach.