Jill Shaw Ruddock grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She was educated in inner-city state schools before getting a degree in Politics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine. She moved to New York City and worked in advertising and then in publishing for Inc. magazine and The Atlantic Monthly.
In 1983, Jill moved to London to co-head the consulting firm of The Government Research Corporation. In 1985, she joined the US investment bank Alex Brown & Sons and became the Managing Director of their London office in 1994. In 1999, she retired from finance and became involved in the theatre world, fundraising and sitting on the main boards of The Donmar Warehouse and The Mousetrap Theatre Projects. She was for ten years a trustee of Bowdoin College.
Jill is married with two teenage daughters.
I have written this book with the belief that it is how we choose to embrace this part of our lives that will make the biggest difference to the way we live them. Is that glass half empty or half full? I hadn’t found a book that spoke to me, so I set out to write one. This was clearly a book that needed to be written, and a book that women needed to read. Could menopause and the second half of our lives be something that we might look forward to, rather than dread? Could there be better ways to cope during the years of hormonal havoc before coming out the other side? Nobody seemed to be talking or writing about the menopause and the decades after as a new beginning – a chance to reinvigorate and nurture the best in ourselves, to right some wrongs and become more than the sum of our parts.
Read more about my writing here.