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Q: What is The Ethel?

A: The Ethel is a free lifestyle newsletter sent out every Wednesday, and an online community inspired by AARP’s amazing founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The newsletter celebrates women over 50. But whether you’re in your 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s, you’ll receive the very best stories related to sex, health, beauty, aging, and relationships, written by women just like you. You can also enjoy The Ethel right here on aarpethel.com, as well as on Facebook.

Q: So what is The Ethel's mission?

A. We want to smash the stereotypes surrounding aging and come together as a community so that we can be loud, be heard and be connected. Let’s celebrate life and all that’s in store for us, while also being honest about the challenges we face. So join us today in a place where women own the conversation.

Q. What is Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus known for?

A. After retiring from her position as a Los Angeles high school principal in 1944, the award-winning educator began a second career that ultimately had a far bigger impact on society. She became an activist and organizer on behalf of other retirees and older Americans, fighting to improve their financial security, their health care and other services that they need. Learn more about Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus here.

Q: Do I need to be an AARP member to subscribe to The Ethel?

A: No. Anyone over the age of 18 can sign up for free at any time (and unsubscribe at any time).

Q. How do I subscribe to the free newsletter?

A. It’s super simple. Just go here: https://cp.email.aarp.org/TheEthel_Subscription

Q. Will you share my email address or personal information with others?

A. Absolutely not. Any information you give, including your email address, is kept strictly confidential. 

Q. How do I reach the editors of The Ethel, Shelley Emling and Iris Krasnow, with any comments, concerns, corrections or suggestions?

A. Simply email them at aarpethel@aarp.org and, typically, you will receive a response within 24 hours.

Q. I’ve subscribed to the newsletter but haven’t been getting it.

A. Occasionally, our emails might get blocked or marked as Junk Mail by your email provider. Make sure you check your spam folder. To ensure you get every The Ethel email, click the link below and follow the instructions on how to add The Ethel to your safe sender or whitelist. Unfortunately, the directions vary by email client.


Q: Is there a print version of The Ethel that you can send me?

A: The Ethel is a digital-only publication that you can enjoy on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Q: Why is AARP publishing a newsletter and website focused on women 50 and older?

A: To best support those 50 and older, AARP needs to “get you.” AARP aims to connect with the people we serve — people from all walks of life — in an authentic and personalized way. So, we offer unique and varied programs, platforms and resources. With 38 million members, we tailor additional offerings for rural Americans, veterans and active-duty military, Spanish speakers, caregivers, LGBTQ adults, those living with diabetes and on and on.

Q: I’d like to write for The Ethel. Where can I send story ideas?

A: You can send a link to your professional website, podcast, blog or portfolio of published work, along with your pitch, to aarpethel@aarp.org. Please put “pitch” in the subject line. We are ALWAYS happy to receive ideas. Because ours is a digital publication, we are looking for the honest, the personal and the surprising — but in pieces that are typically no more than 500 to 750 words. We want the uncommon, the stuff you don’t see everywhere else. (Always look at the newsletter before pitching.) We’re interested in the topics that interest you: sex, relationships, beauty, lifestyle, grandparenting, and how to stay relevant as you age.

Q. How can I advertise on The Ethel?

A. Just contact us by filling out this form and please put “advertising” or “sponsorship” in the subject line to receive more information.

Q. How do I change my email address for receiving The Ethel newsletter?

A. You’ll need to unsubscribe your old email address by clicking the button at the bottom of The Ethel newsletter that says "Unsubscribe from The Ethel newsletter" and then sign up with your new email address here: https://cp.email.aarp.org/TheEthel_Subscription

Q: How can I find previous issues of The Ethel?

A. You just click here: https://bit.ly/3mGkGwF

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A. We hope you don’t, but if you really want to, click the "Unsubscribe from The Ethel newsletter" link at the bottom of the most recent issue you received.

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Thank you for checking out The Ethel! We're happy to have you and we look forward to getting to know you better.

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