Women Alive editor, Tola Doll Fisher shares what’s coming up in the February issue, and asks, as it is a leap year, are you planning on proposing to the man in your life? 


Every February we ask what people are feeling about Valentine’s Day. Do you celebrate it? Do you hate it? Or does it barely register when the 14th comes around – unless you’re trying to book a table for dinner and everywhere is full? I’ve personally had a lot of memorable Valentine’s Days, including one year getting engaged in beautiful, crisp, cold Paris – but our writers this issue are divided!

New columnist Hope Bonarcher calls herself a romantic and wrestles with her husband’s refusal to participate when the date rolls around each year (p36). Veronica Zundel says the Church focuses too much on romantic relationships and argues that other connections are just as important to our health (p57). And on the general topic of love, Bekah Legg writes about learning what it means to live out her wedding vows, particularly: ‘In sickness and in health’, when her husband was given less than six months to live (p16). 

We also received a very interesting question for our online ‘Great Sexpectations’ series, in which a reader asked if, since we are in a Leap Year, it’s appropriate for her to propose to her boyfriend? I wasn’t too aware of the history behind this but apparently, Bachelor’s Day, sometimes known as Ladies’ Privilege, is an Irish tradition in which women are allowed to propose to men on Leap Day, 29 February, based on a legend of Saint Bridget and Saint Patrick. This once had legal basis in Scotland and England. So what do you think? Would you (or did you!) propose to the special man in your life? Email us at womanalive@premier.org.uk and let us know!

Head to womanalive.co.uk and search for ‘Great Sexpectations’ to read our reader’s full dilemma and how the Woman Alive panel responded. 

Love and blessings,

Editor + Creative Director


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