A Dream of One Purse...

Jana Girdauskas always wanted to become the CEO of a non-profit organization and in 2017, that dream became a reality. That year, Jana launched The Period Purse.

After encountering a person experiencing homelessness while driving, but without any items to give, Jana began questioning what this individual would do during menstruation. Curious, concerned and committed, Jana was compelled to fill one purse with menstrual products and other wellness items. She planned to keep the pack in her car for a person in need. With everything to fill the purse at home, Jana was just missing the physical bag. So, she asked a local Facebook group if anyone had a spare "period purse" to share.

Within a month, Jana received 350 purses filled with donated products. Today, The Period Purse is the first (and only) Canadian registered charity to deal with menstrual equity. TPP that supports thousands of menstruators each month. The Period Purse has also expanded to chapters across Ontario and other provinces. One day, we will be all across Canada!

When she is not talking about periods, Jana is also a Teacher and mother of two. She lives with her family in Toronto.


Jana is Available to Speak About:

  • The Period Purse and Menstruation Nation
  • Menstrual Equity
  • Period Poverty in Canada
  • Menstruators Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto
  • Policy Changes around Menstrual Products
  • Menstruation Education in Schools
  • Non-Profit Organization Management
  • Launching a Non-Profit Organization
  • Compassionate Leadership

Since launching The Period Purse, Jana has shared motivational messaging at events across Canada. Yes, she can do virtual talks as well! For more information on securing Jana as a guest speaker, email media@theperiodpurse.com.


We respectfully acknowledge the land we live and work on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinabewaki, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mississauga, and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

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