November 29, 2017

Periods Gone Public

In an otherwise treacherous political era for women’s bodies and health, activists and lawmakers are advancing a new, affirmative agenda – for the very first time, one that meshes menstruation and public policy. From tax reform to public benefits to corrections policy, periods have become the surprising force fueling a high-profile, bipartisan movement.

The Brennan Center’s Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of Periods Gone Public, joined Malaka Gharib, Deputy Editor and Digital Strategist of NPR's Goats and Soda, and Rep. Grace Meng to take a look at how this campaign emerged, why the issue resonates across party lines, and what is next for “menstrual equity.” A special video message from Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was also presented. 

This program was produced by The Brennan Center for Justice in partnership with the NYU John Brademas Center, and hosted by NYU Washington, DC.


Meet the Panel

Grace Meng

Congresswoman Grace Meng

Malaka Gharib

Malaka Gharib

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Periods Gone Public:

Taking A Stand for Menstrual Equity

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. 

Periods Gone Public book cover