Keep Spreading the Word
Part of the mission of She’s Here is to raise awareness to the shame and stigma that surrounds menstruation. Well the fact is, shame and stigma surrounding periods is still happening here in the US. To me, it is so important to naturalize the conversation, about the most natural process of the female body. Period poverty is a thing, even in the US and people are starting to realize this and talk about it - which is so great. Just this week, New Hampshire passed a bill that would require free pads and tampons be provided in all public middle and high schools in the state.
The legislation, also referred to as the period poverty bill, passed the House in a 211-135 vote and will require pads and tampons to be given free in female and gender neutral bathrooms, just like toilet paper is essential, people are starting to figure out through conversation that so are feminine hygiene products. What is really cool is this whole bill was it started by a high school senior. This generation is noticing a problem in society and starting to do something about it! That is why this week we are excited to announce the launch of our ambassador program! Our first ever ambassador is Kristen, a rising high school junior, and we are thrilled to have her on board! If you are interested in learning more about our ambassador program and spearheading it in your hometown or college town - reach out! We’d love to grow our program with you.
School aged girls have enough to worry about with school, social life and media, family and finding out who are are as a person and what they want to do in this world. Worrying about the possibility of not having access to menstrual products should not be an additional concern. Imagine if students had to bring their own toilet paper to school. That would be ridiculous in the U.S. in 2019... and so is not providing tampons and pads for those who have periods.
That’s changing. After years of being made to feel ashamed of a natural process in our body, more women are speaking up about menstruation and the need for society to treat feminine products as a very basic necessity. The issue of period poverty has slowly begun to draw much-needed attention, especially in developing countries like India and Tanzania where menstrual hygiene is such a taboo. If you have not gotten a chance to watch the Oscar award winning short documentary - Period. End of Sentence - I highly recommend. Period. End of Sentence, is a 26-minute film that profiles women in an Indian village who band together to manufacture affordable menstrual pads.
No matter where you live in the world, women get their periods. No matter how much money you make, where you go to school, where you work - should not threaten a basic right that all women should have access to. New Hampshire is setting a standard that the world needs to follow. In some exciting news - this week 20 more girls in Tanzania were given reusable sanitary pads and instructions in their own language, so they are receiving 20% more education - thanks to all of you who support She’s Here, and the women in Tanzania who are standing up for their rights, making reusable products and our bracelets. Follow along with us, so that girls everywhere can say “She’s Here”.
By Ella Patrick