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Were Turning 18! - Guest Post by Ruby RedHat, Red Hat Society

Monday, April 11th 2016 @ 11:31 AM

I just love the month of April! In addition to all of the fun we Hatters have on a regular basis, the month of April is truly special, because it’s our Birthday Month!

On April 25th, the Red Hat Society will celebrate its 18th Birthday. I am continuously amazed at how this special Sisterhood has evolved in its short lifespan. To think that one poem (Warning by Jenny Joseph) inspired one woman (Sue Ellen Cooper) to approach aging with vivacity and abandon, and that woman went on to unite thousands of aging women in Fun and Friendship.

For those of you who have never heard about the Red Hat Society, please allow me to fill you in. The Red Hat Society is a Sisterhood of women around the world who gather in small groups, large crowds and sometimes massive throngs and live life to the fullest.

You can easily spot a group of Red Hat Society Members, because of our signature colors- red hats and purple clothing. And if you see some sprinkles of pink and lavender in the group, those are our younger Sisters (also Members) who have not yet reached the Magical age of 50.

But what sets the Red Hat Society apart from other women’s groups (aside from the regalia)? It’s our outlook on aging. There’s a certain defiance that comes with stepping out in society in bright colors and calling attention to ourselves.

For some reason, women are expected to fade to the back as we get older. We become caregivers for our partners, children and older parents. We naturally put everyone else’s needs before our own. There’s a perceived notion of selfishness that comes with putting ourselves first.

However, the Red Hat Society has flipped that notion on its back. We believe it’s not only okay to take time for yourself, but it’s necessary for our well-being. It’s important to build friendships with women. We share common life experiences and we are all aging. So why not age together, and look fabulous while doing so.

I couldn’t be more proud to be the official mascot for this special Sisterhood. If you are interested in learning more about the Red Hat Society, please visit If you would like to get a glimpse of the fun we have in the RHS, visit our Facebook page.

There’s no better time to join the RHS than our 18th Birthday. Cheers to many more years of Fun and Friendship!



-Ruby RedHat, Red Hat Society

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RUBY REDHAT is the official mascot of the Red Hat Society.  In the year 2000, a little lady named Ruby appeared, out of nowhere, on the computer screen of EQM Sue Ellen's daughter, Andrea (aka Princess Daughter). Princess Daughter was working on the first Red Hat Society website and when Ruby got wind of it, she just volunteered her services as a representative (mascot?) for the entire membership. Ruby had recently finished compiling her Top Ten (plus one) Rules for Living and she had a feeling that both she and her rules would be able to help the Red Hat Society clarify its members and its purpose to the world. We are all thrilled to have her represent the little girl inside all of us, who is ready and willing to come out and play again in every woman who invites her to do so.
Read Ruby’s full bio here.  Learn more about Ruby here.

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