I’ll never forget. I was 13 years old and it was Christmas Eve. I was all excited to go to my aunt’s for our annual party, but I couldn’t get up off the couch.
I sat in the fetal position, clutching my stomach because of the debilitating cramps. This was just one of the symptoms of my three-week-long periods. Shortly after this, I was carted off to the doctor and put on birth control to help regulate my periods. Thankfully, it helped.
Fast forward seven years and I’m sitting in my first women’s studies class at THE Ohio State University. I like to describe the experience as learning why, as a woman, I felt like shit all the time. From unrealistic beauty standards to under-representation in board rooms and political office, I came to appreciate everything it meant to be a woman, and understand the struggles that went along with that. This included my reproductive health.
Fast forward four years and I sit in front of my computer writing this post. I’ve just graduated from OSU with two degrees; one in marketing, another in English, and a minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. I’m in the exciting/frustrating/interesting/time-consuming process that is the search for full-time employment. Ideally, I would like to dedicate my career to nonprofits and social enterprises. All of this has led me to work with Aunt Flow….and I couldn’t be happier.
Mostly, I’ll act as Social Media Director and an outreach coordinator. However, my enthusiasm for the job runs deeper than a knack for these functions. Not only does Aunt Flow provide physical support to women in need in the way of tampons and pads, we are working to reduce the stigma around periods. So, I wanted to work with Aunt Flow so the little girl in middle school doesn’t have to walk around terrified a tampon will fall out of her backpack and humiliate her. I want to make it so the young professional woman doesn’t have to suffer quietly from excruciating cramps to avoid a snide remark about her work ethic. But on a systemic scale, I want every woman to have access to decent menstrual hygiene products.
Now, I’m not all period all the time. Here’s some stuff you never knew you wanted to know about me:
1. I watch an absurd amount of Gilmore Girls.
2. I have read the entirety of the Harry Potter series 7 times.
3. I eat Chipotle an average of 2 times per week.
4. I’ll never turn down a vodka tonic.
5. I’m passionate about assessing feminism and pop culture.
I’m the oldest on the Aunt Flow team and get caffeine headaches now. Help them go away.
Lets get coffee and talk. About periods, about anything.
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