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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Table of Contents
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