Period. End of Sentence.: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice

Period. End of Sentence.: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice

Period. End of Sentence.: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice

Period. End of Sentence.: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice


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From beloved New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Anita Diamant comes a timely collection of essays to help inspire period positive activism around the globe.

When Period. End of Sentence. won an Oscar in 2019, the film’s co-producer and Executive Director of The Pad Project, Melissa Berton, told the audience: “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” Continuing in that revolutionary spirit and building on the momentum of the acclaimed documentary, this book outlines the challenges facing those who menstruate worldwide and the solutions championed by a new generation of body positive activists, innovators and public figures.

Including interviews from people on the frontlines—parents, teachers, medical professionals, and social-justice warriors—Period. End of Sentence. illuminates the many ways that menstrual injustice can limit opportunities, erode self-esteem, and even threaten lives. This powerful examination of the far-ranging and quickly evolving movement for menstrual justice introduces today’s leaders and shows us how we can be part of the change.

Fearless, revolutionary, and fascinating, Period. End of Sentence. is an essential read for anyone interested in empowering women, girls, and others around the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982144289
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/25/2021
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, and many others, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts. Visit her website at


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 27, 1951

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


M.A. in English, SUNY, Binghamton, NY, 1975; B.A. in Comparative Literature, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, 1973.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

A Word, First xix

Introduction 1

Part 1

The Curse 9

Shame 15

Shamelessness: The Changing of the Guard 29

Part 2

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 39

Indigenous Wisdoms 41

New Traditions 49

Part 3

The Struggle 57

Period Poverty and the Tampon Tax 59

Menstruating at Work 63

Dignity 73

Part 4

Menstruation Goes Public 87

Mew-struation 89

The Menstruation Business 99 107

Part 5

Seeing Red 115

The Takeaway 125

Afterword 129

Acknowledgments 133

Glossary 135

Notes 137

Index 151

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