I was sitting at a Startup Weekend in Columbus, Ohio on a Friday night and I got my period. Surrounded by men, I knew the odds of getting a tampon were little to none. However, I knew that I would be able to go to the store later that night and buy what I needed. Unfortunately, this isn't the case for 26.4 million menstruators in the United States who can't afford essential menstrual products. I knew I needed to create a sustainable solution to ensure everyone has access to these necessary products, so I pitched the idea for what is now known as Aunt Flow.
Fully committed to the project, I dropped out of college, took on 3 waitressing jobs, and worked late into the evenings to launch the company. Now, the 20-year-old founder and CEO of Aunt Flow, I view the world with a special hue of coral and period positivity. Each day, I work to ensure no menstruator is caught without a tampon.
I was in my sophomore year at Ohio State University when I accidentally landed myself in a women's studies class. I like to describe the experience as, 'opening my eyes as to why I felt like sh*t all the time.' I was now able to interpret a pervasive culture of female body-shaming, and take steps towards living shame-free in the only body I will ever have. I knew it was my responsibility to move forward and share my experience.
Now, as the COO of Aunt Flow, I've committed my career to providing all menstruators with the tools to manage their periods, whether that be education, period positivity, or a pad. No topic is off limits when it comes to the menstrual movement. Each day, I work to make sure that everyone feels comfortable in their bodies – no matter the time of the month.