THE GATEWAY WOMEN ONLINE COMMUNITY HAS A NEW NAME: ‘LIGHTHOUSE WOMEN’
In July 2022, the Gateway Women Online Community changed its name to ‘Lighthouse Women’ to reflect that it is now under the stewardship of Katy Seppi, founder of Chasing Creation. Jody Day, the founder and host of the community from 2012-2022, remains alongside Katy to offer her support and mentorship, as well as continuing to host both the ‘Gateway Elderwomen’ and ‘Nomo Tribe’ subgroups within the community.
All of the things the GW online community is known and loved for remain the same – it’s only the name that has changed and Jody is still an active and engaged member, as well as continuing all other aspects of her vital support and advocacy work for the childless community globally.
Lighthouse Women is still the world’s only ID-checked online community for involuntarily childless women and retains its wide selection of sub-groups (many unique to our community) including those for unpartnered childless women, LGBTQIA+ women, Women of Colour, Childless Christians, Muslims and Jewish women and many, many more. It also continues and is expanding its global network of member-only local and online social meetups, events, courses and connections.
The first 30 days are still free, followed by a sliding scale of membership fees, including a donation level (all with the same level of access) so that whatever your financial circumstances, you can come and join this wonderful global group of women.
So, why ‘Lighthouse Women’? It was chosen by the community in a series of polls from over 75 options and reflects a paragraph and mood from the introduction to the 2020 edition of my book, Living the Life Unexpected: How to Find Hope, Meaning and a Fulfilling Future Without Children:
Membership requirements Lighthouse Women is for women who are permanently involuntarily childless – for any reason at all. If you’re wondering if it’s right for you, please email our Community Manager Sonia at firstname.lastname@example.org
This community is NOT suitable for you if you are childless by choice (childfree), trying to conceive (TTC), planning or going through fertility treatments, still hopeful of meeting a partner and having a family or that your current partner might change their mind, considering or going through the fostering or adoption process or are struggling with secondary infertility. There are lots of other great online groups that would be a better fit for you and you can explore our list of resources here.
We also respectfully request that you do not join the community if you are a childless coach, therapist or service provider currently offering, or planning to offer such things as workshops, events, groups or communities, etc (either free or paid) for childless women. If you are unsure whether it would be appropriate for you to join, or if you have a project you’d like to collaborate on with us, please email us first at email@example.com and we’d be happy to advise.