Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity
By Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
The first book to explore menstruation in the current cultural and political landscape—and to investigate the new wave of period activism taking the world by storm.
After millennia of being shrouded in taboo and superstition, periods have gone mainstream. A new, high-profile movement has emerged—one dedicated to bold activism, creative product innovation, and smart policy advocacy—to address the centrality of menstruation in relation to core issues of gender equality and equity.
In Periods Gone Public, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf explores how periods have come to be a prominent political cause – from enacting new laws to eliminate the tampon tax, to ensuring access to affordable, safe products.
Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for "period equity" and introduces readers to many of the leaders, pioneers and everyday people who are making change happen. And she challenges all of us to join her in elevating an agenda that recognizes both the power—and the absolute normalcy—of menstruation.
Praise for Periods Gone Public
“Weiss-Wolf’s thorough research and detailed history, coupled with her practical suggestions for advocating for menstrual equity, make this book an invaluable resource to any feminist activist.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A riveting read ... a rich picture of the current menstrual landscape and a promising call to smart activism.” —Washington Post
“If Jennifer Weiss-Wolf were a superhero, her alter ego would probably be Period Warrior: a brave champion for all who menstruate, and whose secret power is the ability to push forward a legislative agenda that ensures menstrual equity and justice for all.” —Refinery29
“Periods Gone Public is as much a history lesson and cultural critique as it is a thoughtful guidebook on how to shut down opponents of gender equity.” —BUST
“Flowing with wry wit, Weiss-Wolf argues … we need not just better products, but better politics.” —Ms. Magazine
“Periods Gone Public gives powerful voice to one of the most ignored human rights issues around the globe. It’s required reading for every one of us.” —Abigail Jones, award-winning Newsweek reporter and New York Times bestselling author
“Jennifer Weiss-Wolf’s passion and vision for menstrual equity continues in Periods Gone Public. While both inspiring and educating, she continues to keep menstruation on front pages and at the forefront of conversations across the globe.” —Elissa Stein, author of Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation
“Periods Gone Public shows why menstrual stigma is not only a social justice issue but an economic and political one. The policy landscape is carefully outlined and bolstered by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf’s deep knowledge of the subject, making it even clearer why this issue has become a focal point of the modern feminist agenda today.”—Madame Gandhi, musician and activist
“One of the most important pieces of literature on women’s rights and health policy in decades. A game-changing blueprint for action.” —NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
“Periods Gone Public doesn’t just give information or point out all the flaws within our government and culture, it offers game plans and resources. Weiss-Wolf is starting a menstrual revolution to eliminate the weaponization of periods and create a better, healthier world for people who bleed.” — Bitch Media