21 January 2019

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For Students, by Students: Menstruation Nation and The Diva Cup

For Students, by Students: Menstruation Nation and The Diva Cup

by Tait Gamble
One winter afternoon, while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed of cat videos and selfies, a CBC News article caught my eye. It described The Period Purse, a grassroots organization that provides marginalized communities with access to free menstrual products while reducing the stigma surrounding periods through menstrual equity. Though I had never personally considered the obstacles marginalized menstruators face on a monthly basis, as a menstruator, I was inspired to organize a menstr...

15 January 2019

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Reflecting and Setting Intentions: A Year in Review, A Year Ahead

Reflecting and Setting Intentions: A Year in Review, A Year Ahead

by Jana Girdauskas
The new year brings with it both reflection and goal-setting. As a local non-profit that opened its doors in February 2017, the last year marked The Period Purse's first full calendar year within the community. We have learned and gained so much and cannot wait for 2019's opportunities and lessons.

Since day one, The Period Purse has donated 8,718 period purses to marginalized menstruators. We too have given 7,874 refill period packs throughout this timeline. Our volunteers and don...

11 December 2018

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Incorporating Inclusivity: Subjective Language with Significant Impact

Incorporating Inclusivity: Subjective Language with Significant Impact

by Dani Stover
At The Period Purse, we are focused on making a positive impact on the lives of marginalized menstruators. We are also dedicated to working towards erasing the stigma associated with periods. With this at the forefront of all we do, we are committed to promoting and encouraging the use of inclusive language, which means being mindful of the words we use and making sure everyone feels safe and represented, both online and in real life. There are so many words in the English language, we...

26 November 2018

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On Giving Tuesday, Invest In Menstrual Equity

On Giving Tuesday, Invest In Menstrual Equity

by Jana Girdauskas
As I drove away from another successful packing party, my SUV was filled with tampons and pads; my heart was full. I was glowing from another night of kindness and giving by our volunteer community. Over 30 people came and packed an enormous mountain of donations. Tampons and pads in a ziplock bag, one month's supply, topped with our motivational note.

It was late on a Saturday night and my kids were sleeping. I had time to deliver to organizations and people in need.

I ...

6 November 2018

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Reflecting on Toronto's Inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day

Reflecting on Toronto's Inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day

by Amanda Laird
"Ok, now there is a day for everything."

"This can't be real"

"Is this a joke??"

"This is the most outrageous thing I have EVER heard of. How insulting and offensive to every single female. Who makes up this SH**???? There is no modesty left in this world. Honestly, this needs to be REMOVED."

"That's just gross, what were you thinking?"

"Wtf? What a waste of time and energy... when is toenail fungus day...

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