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Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

The first book to explore menstruation in the current cultural and political landscape and to investigate the new wave of period activism taking the world by storm.

Published: October 10, 2017

After millen­nia of being shrouded in taboo and stigma, peri­ods have gone main­stream. A new, high-profile move­ment has emerged — one dedic­ated to bold activ­ism, creat­ive product innov­a­tion, and smart policy advocacy — to address the cent­ral­ity of menstru­ation in rela­tion to core issues of gender equal­ity and equity. 

In Peri­ods Gone Public, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf — the Bren­nan Center’s VP for Devel­op­ment — explores why peri­ods have become a prom­in­ent polit­ical cause. From elim­in­at­ing the “tampon tax,” to enact­ing new laws that ensure access to afford­able, safe products, menstru­ation is no longer some­thing to whis­per about. Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for “menstrual equity,” intro­du­cing the lead­ers, pion­eers, and every­day people who are making change happen. And she chal­lenges read­ers to face stigma head-on and elev­ate an agenda that recog­nizes both the power — and the abso­lute normalcy — of menstru­ation.