JENNIFER WEISS-WOLF

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Co-Founder

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is a leading voice for equitable menstrual policy in America. Bustle named her one of the nation's "badass menstrual activists." Newsweek deemed her the "architect of the U.S. policy campaign to squash the tampon tax."

Jen is the author of Periods Gone Public (Oct. 2017), the first book to tell the story of the new political movement for menstrual equity, and put forth a powerful, proactive policy agenda. Says Gloria Steinem, “This book may be the beginning of liberation for us all.”

Jen's initial series in The New York Times and featured role in a 2019 CBS documentary shed new light on the issue here at home and globally, as have her numerous op-eds in TIME, Bloomberg, Newsweek, the New York Daily News, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Refinery 29, and others. She is cited widely in the media, including by The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, NPR, and PBS.

Jen serves on the Board of Support the Girls,The Cup, and Girls Helping GirlsPeriod., and is an Advisory Board member of ZanaAfrica Foundation, which provides menstrual health education and products to girls in Kenya. She is a lawyer with expertise in nonprofit management and development, and a vice president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

You can reach Jen at jennifer@periodequity.org.

 
 
 
LAURA STRAUSFELD

Laura Strausfeld

Co-Founder

Laura Strausfeld researched the illegality of the tampon tax years ago as a Columbia Law student. In 2016, upon reading an essay by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf in The New York Times, she reached out and proposed they mobilize legal action against New York State. Together with 5 plaintiffs and the law firm Emery Celli Brinkerhoff, they filed a class action lawsuit that resulted in immediate removal of the tax by the state. To continue their work together, they formed Period Equity.

Laura’s co-founding of the first commercial all-natural perfume company in the 1990s gave her firsthand knowledge of the lax regulation of personal care products. She has done extensive research on environmental toxins and women’s health and has written and spoken publicly about menstrual product safety.

Laura has a wide-ranging project-based background, including as a plaintiffs' attorney, founding board member of the Nest Foundation, development strategist for the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, teacher, writer/director/producer of theater and film, and Anton Chekhov scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.

You can reach Laura at laura@periodequity.org.

 
 
 

Board members

Nancy Kramer
Marni Sommer

 

Legal Counsel

Kelsey Craig 
James Ball
Milbank LLP

 

Design

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