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Lunapads Selects Mika Doyle as New Writer for Period Positivity Blog

Reusable menstrual product company Lunapads has selected Mika Doyle as a new writer for the brand’s blog. Doyle will write monthly blog posts for the Lunapads’ audience that focus on bringing new energy, positivity and inclusivity to the period conversation. “We chose Mika because she is not only a great writer, she’s committed to the deep work of intersectionality and feminism,” says Jane Hope, marketing and communications manager for Lunapads. “Her deep knowledge means that she brings ideas to the table that resonate deeply with our audience and help us in our mission of manifesting greater inclusion.” Doyle is well-known for…

Marchers hold up signs at the Women's March Chicago 2017

Illinois Finally Ratified the Equal Rights Amendment

It’s a bittersweet day to be an Illinoisan. On Wednesday night, more than 45 years after it was approved by Congress, Illinois finally voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. We’re now only a single state away from the ERA becoming a part of the US Constitution. Obviously, it’s something worth celebrating, but it didn’t happen without a long and arduous fight. The Women’s March Chicago said in a news release that “…this final push to move the ERA forward did not happen overnight. The massive mobilization of support in both 2017 and 2018 at women’s marches has paved the…

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Professional Freelance Writers Get Vulnerable During First Writers Worth Month Twitter Chat

Last week a group of professional freelance writers gathered on twitter and had a refreshingly vulnerable discussion about fear. Who’s experienced it at any point during their freelance writing careers? How has it impacted their freelancing careers? Has it ever stopped them? Has it ever helped them? Oh, and there was even a little talk of the zombie apocalypse thrown in. (Hey, we’re writers. You can’t expect us not to get a little dramatic.) The questions were heavy-hitting, but the writers participating in the chat stepped up to meet every single one. Even more amazing? There was no shaming. Only…

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Gender and Race Representation in Brand Mascots Exacerbate Stereotypes and Biases, Says Geena Davis Institute on Media Study

The debate on positive gender and race representation in the media has been raging  for decades, but there’s one area that’s gotten very little attention: brand mascots. This week, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media released the findings of a study that looked at how brands depict gender and race through their mascots, and let’s just say their findings weren’t all that surprising. What Do We Mean by Brand Mascots? If you’re thinking Tony the Tiger or the Geico gekko, that’s one version of a brand mascot. But brand mascots can also be spokespeople, like the Old Spice…

Nadya Okamoto, founder of PERIOD, partners with U by Kotex® for With U, She Can, raising awareness of and access to the nearly one in four women struggling to access period products.

Kotex® Still Thinks Only Women Menstruate

According to new research released by U by Kotex, one in four women struggled to buy menstrual products within the past year because they couldn’t afford them. And one in five low-income women say they’ve missed work or school because they didn’t have access to period supplies. It’s a bigger issue than people realize, one that’s affected even my own community, raising truancy rates at area schools and motivating our local UnitedWay to do menstrual product drives within the last few years That’s why U by Kotex launched the “With U, She Can” program to create greater awareness of what the…