Candid Conversations!

Coalition leaders came together on Tuesday, May 4, for the first of a series of “Candid Conversations” about menstruation. This discussion, hosted by the Junior League of Douglas County, provided a forum for participants to talk about their experiences with menstruation and reproductive health across the lifespan. The purpose was to encourage participants to speak comfortably about their experiences with menstruation in an effort to empower people to be more effective advocates for both their personal health and for menstrual equity in general. “I thought this was a unique opportunity to hear women of all ages talk about their experiences with their periods,” Ashley Boyle of Period Project at UGA said. “I heard honest conversations about menopause and reproductive health concerns that aren’t usually talked about openly.” This conversation is a model for other menstrual equity groups to host similar events. If this sounds like something your organization is interested in hosting, please email georgiastomp@gmail.com for materials and more information.

“Are You There, Law? It’s Me, Menstruation”

On Friday, April 9th, Georgia STOMP will participate in Columbia Journal of Gender and Law‘s, “Are You There, Law? It’s Me, Menstruation” –– the first-ever symposium to explore the intersection of menstruation and the law. The Symposium celebrates the 50th anniversary of Judy Blume’s influential book “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” and commemorates 30 years since the Journal‘s founding. If interested, register here!

The Symposium will feature a keynote address by U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng, a champion for menstrual equity representing New York’s 6th congressional district, and a live conversation with celebrated author, Judy Blume!

Over the course of the two-day virtual conference, panelists from academic and advocacy backgrounds will explore the multifaceted and intersecting themes implicated by this universal issue, including cultural constructions of menstruation, courts and constitutionality, employment and capitalism, dignity for marginalized communities, public policy, and perspectives on change. The full program of events can be found here.

The Journal highlights work by more than forty authors, representing a diverse range of perspectives, both in print and online.  At the request of the law school, Adele Stewart and Claire Cox submitted an essay on Georgia STOMP advocacy which was accepted into the online publication! From those forty essays, a small group of authors was chosen to present their work during a lightening round panel at 12:30 pm on Friday. If you join the event, listen for Claire’s presentation during that panel!

You can learn more about the Symposium here!

If you register, don’t forget submit your question for Judy Blume here!