Ep 12. American women are punished and held back for having their periods

A girl’s first period marks the beginning of womanhood; an exciting milestone that unfortunately leads to years of stigmatization. For low-income menstruators, the financial burden of menstruating makes the monthly occurrence even worse. The American College of Obstetrics estimates two-thirds of low-income women don’t have enough money to buy menstrual products at least one time per year. Nadya Okamoto of PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement and Kate Sanetra-Butler of Dignity Matters, two leaders working to end period poverty, break down why it should be a right to health for every woman to have access to menstrual products. Colorado Rep. Leslie Herod fills us in what it’s like to get your period in prison and the bill she sponsored to better those conditions.

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