Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf


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The first book to explore menstruation in the current cultural and political landscape, feminist icon Gloria Steinem said Periods Gone Public, "maybe the beginning of liberation for us all."

From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for "period equity" and introduces readers to the leaders, pioneers, and everyday people who are making change happen.

Weiss-Wolf—the woman Bustle dubbed one of the nation's "badass menstrual activists"—explores why periods have become a prominent political cause. From societal attitudes of periods throughout history—in the United States and around the world—to grassroots activism and product innovation, Weiss-Wolf challenges readers to face stigma head-on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power—and the absolute normalcy—of menstruation.

“At its core, a menstrual movement, and Periods Gone Public, is about challenging all of us to face stigma head-on. And about advancing an agenda that recognizes the power, pride, and absolute normalcy of periods. Indeed, President Trump, we do have blood coming out of our wherever. Every month. It is not a secret.”

After centuries of being shrouded in taboo and superstition, periods have gone mainstream. Seemingly overnight, 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948924207
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 483,697
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is a leading advocate and voice for equitable menstrual policy in America. Her petition to end the tampon tax, launched in partnership with Cosmopolitan, catalyzed a national movement. Newsweek deemed her the “architect of the U.S. policy campaign to squash the tampon tax.” Weiss-Wolf’s writing and work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Nation, Bloomberg, and Ms. Magazine, among others. She is on the advisory board of ZanaAfrica Foundation, which provides essential menstrual health education and products to girls in Kenya. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Journey to "The Year of the Period" 1

Chapter 1 Surfing the Crimson Wave 3

Chapter 2 Code Red 27

Chapter 3 Aunt Flo and Uncle Sam 63

Part 2 Periods Gone Public 93

Chapter 4 Carrie at the Prom 95

Chapter 5 Lady's Days 121

Chapter 6 Shark Week 156

Part 3 Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity 181

Chapter 7 Parting the Red Sea 183

Final Thoughts 261

Acknowledgments 265

Endnotes 271

Index 297

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