Period Through the Ages Virtual Event Recap
This International Women's Day, Help a Girl Out hosted a virtual event to celebrate the day. Our members Calissa, Dena, Beth, and our founder Yanique hosted an inspiring and educational event called "Periods Through the Ages".
History of the Period
Lighter menstruation cycle, menstruation associated with magic and sorcery
Use makeshift pads, considered dirty, religious shame
'Period' became common and menstrual products developed
Birth control, alternatives to pads created, period poverty becomes more widely understood
Pieces of wood wrapped in linen used as a tampon
Strips of papyrus
Pieces of cloth
History of Menstrual Products
1896 - Johnson and Johnson created the sanitary napkin (pads)
1900s - Mary Kenner invented the sanitary belt and the sanitary apron was invented
1919 - Kotex invented the disposable pad
1960s - Adhesive strips were introduced by Stayfree and the tampon was created!
1980s - Wings on pads were introduced by Libresse
2000s - Menstrual cups became popularized
Periods and menstruation have come a long way from the ancient times
Myths and stigmas are still present in certain cultures
Period products have evolved and are still evolving
Period poverty is even more prominent in the 21st century
Periods are not something to be embarrassed about or to be seen as dirty
You are powerful, strong, and beautiful whether you are menstruating or not
Thank you so much to all of our participants and all of our presenters who made this event possible!
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