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Menstruation Justice: Articles

Resources to combat period poverty and advocate for menstrual equity in Salisbury, Maryland, and beyond.

Suggested Readings

Alugnoa, D. N., Cousins, T., & Sato, M. (2022). Period poverty and menstrual belonging: A matter of climate justice. The Lancet Planetary Health, 6(7), e551–e552. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(22)00141-3 

Andersh, K., Francis, Z., Moran, M., & Quarato, E. (2021). Period Poverty: A Risk Factor for People Who Menstruate in STEM. Journal of Science Policy & Governance, 18(04). https://doi.org/10.38126/JSPG180401 

Bobel, C. (2006). “Our Revolution Has Style”: Contemporary Menstrual Product Activists “Doing Feminism” in the Third Wave. Sex Roles, 54(5–6), 331–345. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-006-9001-7 

Bobel, C., Winkler, I. T., Fahs, B., Hasson, K. A., Kissling, E. A., & Roberts, T.-A. (Eds.). (2020). The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies. Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-0614-7 

Brinkley, J. L., & Niebuhr, N. (2023). Period Poverty and Life Strains: Efforts Made to Erase Stigma and to Expand Access to Menstrual Hygiene Products. Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality, 11(1), 1–26. 

Cardoso, L. F., Scolese, A. M., Hamidaddin, A., & Gupta, J. (2021). Period poverty and mental health implications among college-aged women in the United States. BMC Women’s Health, 21(1), 14. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-01149-5 

Carnevalli, É. (2023, April 5). Women can’t afford period products. Talking about it is key to fixing this shame. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/apr/05/period-poverty-menstruation-us 

Crawford, B., Johnson, M., Karin, M., Strausfeld, L., & Waldman, E. G. (2020). The Ground on Which We All Stand: A Conversation About Menstrual Equity Law and Activism. Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, 26(2), 341–388. https://doi.org/10.36641/mjgl.26.2.plight 

Cups, lingerie and home-made pads: What are the reusable options for managing your period? (n.d.). Retrieved October 9, 2021, from https://theconversation.com/cups-lingerie-and-home-made-pads-what-are-the-reusable-options-for-managing-your-period-86838 

Diamant, A. (2021). Period, end of sentence: A new chapter in the fight for menstrual justice. Scribner. 

Durkin, A. (2017). Profitable Menstruation: How the Cost of Feminine Hygiene Products Is a Battle Against Reproductive Justice. Georgetown Journal of Gender & the Law, 18(1), 131–172. 

Fingerson, L. (2006). Girls in power: Gender, body, and menstruation in adolescence. State University of New York Press. 

Frank, S. E. (2020). Queering Menstruation: Trans and Non‐Binary Identity and Body Politics. Sociological Inquiry, 90(2), 371–404. https://doi.org/10.1111/soin.12355 

Freidenfelds, L. (2009). The modern period: Menstruation in twentieth-century America. Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Griffin, T. (2019, September 13). A Teenage Girl Killed Herself After Being Called “Dirty” While On Her Period. BuzzFeed News. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tamerragriffin/teenage-girl-killed-herself-period-dirty-kenya 

Hall, N. L. (2021). From “period poverty” to “period parity” to meet menstrual health needs. Med (New York, N.Y.), 2(5), 469–472. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medj.2021.03.001 

Hassan, S., Ghandour, R., Bakri, L., Shwiki, S., Safi, S., Abuzaid, R., & Zeidan, H. (2023). Menstrual health and hygiene among young Palestinian female university students in the West Bank: A cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 13(3), e069222. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-069222 

Hunter, E., Palovick, K., Teni, M. T., & Sebert Kuhlmann, A. (2022). COVID-19 made it harder to access period products: The effects of a pandemic on period poverty. Frontiers in Reproductive Health, 4, 1003040. https://doi.org/10.3389/frph.2022.1003040 

If You Can’t Afford Tampons, What Do You Do? | HuffPost Impact. (n.d.). Retrieved October 9, 2021, from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/if-you-cant-afford-tampons-what-do-you-do_b_5352396 

It’s Getting More Expensive to Have Your Period, Thanks to Inflation. (2022, June 9). Bloomberg.Com. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-09/inflation-is-pushing-tampon-prices-up-10 

Jaafar, H., Ismail, S. Y., & Azzeri, A. (2023a). Period Poverty: A Neglected Public Health Issue. Korean Journal of Family Medicine, 44(4), 183–188. https://doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.22.0206 

Jiang, Xuan, & Casabone, N. (2021). Menstruating Tutors’ Perceptions of Having Free Menstrual Product Access in a Writing Center. Praxis, 18(2), 17–32. 

Jimenez, C. (2023). An Introduction to Gateway Crimes Through Period Poverty [M.C.J., University of Colorado Colorado Springs]. https://www.proquest.com/docview/2902780581/abstract/5B89F71C84C54F85PQ/1 

Johnson, M. E. (2019). Menstrual Justice (SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 3389773). Social Science Research Network. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3389773 

Johnston-Robledo, I., & Chrisler, J. (2013). The Menstrual Mark: Menstruation as Social Stigma. Sex Roles, 68(1–2), 9–18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-011-0052-z 

Kilpatrick, A. R. and S. (2020). Changing the Cycle: Period Poverty as a Public Health Crisis. Retrieved February 2, 2024, from https://sph-webprod.sph.umich.edu/pursuit/2020posts/period-poverty.html 

Lowik, A. J. (2021). “Just because I don’t bleed, doesn’t mean I don’t go through it”: Expanding knowledge on trans and non-binary menstruators. International Journal of Transgender Health, 22(1–2), 113–125. https://doi.org/10.1080/15532739.2020.1819507 

Maloney, C. B. (2017, May 5). H.R.2379 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act of 2017 (2017/2018) [Legislation]. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2379 

Mejia, M. (2022). Menstrual Health Red Zones: An Analysis on Period Poverty in the San Fernando Valley and its Influence on College Students. http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/222928 

Menstrual Equity. (n.d.). Urban Libraries Council. Retrieved October 2, 2021, from https://www.urbanlibraries.org/innovations/menstrual-equity 

Menstrual Products Are Now Free for Women in Arizona Prisons—ProQuest. (n.d.). Retrieved October 9, 2021, from http://www.proquest.com/docview/2565081242?accountid=14553 

Michel, J., Mettler, A., Schönenberger, S., & Gunz, D. (2022). Period poverty: Why it should be everybody’s business. Journal of Global Health Reports, 6, e2022009. https://doi.org/10.29392/001c.32436 

Munro, A. K., Hunter, E. C., Hossain, S. Z., & Keep, M. (2021). A systematic review of the menstrual experiences of university students and the impacts on their education: A global perspective. PLOS ONE, 16(9), e0257333. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0257333 

Network of the National Library of Medicine [NNLM] (Director). (2023, February 15). Health Bytes—Flipping the Script on Period Poverty and Standard Puberty Education (Feb 8, 2023). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjUcTS-YiIE 

Oladunni, O., Astril, E.-U., Great, O., Victoria, A. A., Chigozirim, O. O., Favour, A. T., Oladunni, O., Astril, E.-U., Great, O., Victoria, A. A., Chigozirim, O. O., & Favour, A. T. (2022). Factors influencing period poverty among female adolescent students in public secondary schools in EDE North, Osun State. Journal of Gynecological Research and Obstetrics, 8(1), 014–021. https://doi.org/10.17352/jgro.000109 

Olson, M. (2023). The Impact of Period Poverty on Low-Income Adolescents in the United States. University Honors Theses. https://doi.org/10.15760/honors.1364 

Period. End of Story. (2022, May 2). American Libraries Magazine. https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2022/05/02/period-end-of-story/

Poston, L. (2019). Unmet Menstrual Hygiene Needs Among Low-Income Women. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 133(6), 1284–1285. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0000000000003299 

Rawat, M., Novorita, A., Frank, J., Burgett, S., Cromer, R., Ruple, A., & DeMaria, A. L. (2023). “Sometimes I just forget them”: Capturing experiences of women about free menstrual products in a U.S. based public university campus. BMC Women’s Health, 23(1), 351. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-023-02457-2 

Reed, E. V. (2020). Bleeding us dry: Menstruating college students’ perceptions of the cost, environmental and health impacts of menstrual products. https://arminda.whitman.edu/theses/2020028 

Reilly, B. (2019). Wisconsin Capitol, state office buildings now offer free menstrual products. In Wisconsin State Journal.  

Riley, A. H., Slifer, L., Hughes, J., & Ramaiya, A. (2020). Results from a literature review of menstruation-related restrictions in the United States and Canada. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 25, 100537. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2020.100537 

Rohatgi, A., & Dash, S. (2023). Period poverty and mental health of menstruators during COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons and implications for the future. Frontiers in Global Women’s Health, 4. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fgwh.2023.1128169 

Røstvik, C. M. (2022). Cash Flow: The businesses of menstruation. UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787355385 

Sang, K., Remnant, J., Calvard, T., & Myhill, K. (2021). Blood Work: Managing Menstruation, Menopause and Gynaecological Health Conditions in the Workplace. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041951 

Sayers, J. G., & Jones, D. (2015). Truth Scribbled in Blood: Women’s Work, Menstruation and Poetry. Gender, Work & Organization, 22(2), 94–111. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12059 

Schizer, M. W. (2021). Q&A: Anita Diamant. Newsweek Global, 176(14), 10–11. 

Schmitt, M. L., Dimond, K., Maroko, A. R., Phillips-Howard, P. A., Gruer, C., Berry, A., Nash, D., Kochhar, S., & Sommer, M. (2023). “I stretch them out as long as possible:” U.S. women’s experiences of menstrual product insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Women’s Health, 23(1), 179. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-023-02333-z 

Schwartz, B. I., Effron, A., Bear, B., Short, V. L., Eisenberg, J., Felleman, S., & Kazak, A. E. (2022). Experiences with Menses in Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Adolescents. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 35(4), 450–456. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpag.2022.01.015 

She put newspaper in her underwear because her school charged for pads. A new law ends that | The Fresno Bee. (n.d.). Retrieved October 9, 2021, from https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education-lab/article180114836.html 

Sommer, M., Hirsch, J. S., Nathanson, C., & Parker, R. G. (2015). Comfortably, Safely, and Without Shame: Defining Menstrual Hygiene Management as a Public Health Issue. American Journal of Public Health, 105(7), 1302–1311. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302525 

Sommer, M., Lee, C., Liu, D., & Gruer, C. (2020). The Extent to Which Menstruation-Related Issues Are Included in Graduate-Level Public Health Curricula. Frontiers in Public Health, 8. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00442 

Stewart, K., Powell, M., & Greer, R. (2009). An alternative to conventional sanitary protection: Would women use a menstrual cup? Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 29(1), 49–52. https://doi.org/10.1080/01443610802628841 

Tabor, J., & Delgado, O. (2022). Addressing Period Poverty: The Cost of Menstruating in America and the Ethical Responsibility to Provide Free Menstrual Care. Academic Festival. https://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/acadfest/2022/all/102 

Taylor, S. (2023). Menstrual dignity and stigma: How college students perceive period poverty. Oregon State University. https://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/concern/honors_college_theses/1j92gg53p 

Vogel, W. (2022). Upcycling Invasive Species to Address Social Issues: Developing a Compostable Menstrual Pad from Water Hyacinth. https://hdl.handle.net/10877/16112 

Westin, E., Holm, T., Björling, M. W., & Rodrigues, C. (2021). The effects of a subscription- based business model: A qualitative study of women who consume menstrual hygiene products and how subscription-based business models influence customer experience. Linnaeus University Bachelor's Thesis.

Williams, C. R., Huff, A., & Mason Meier, B. (2021). Dissident Blood: Using Critical Feminist Study to Advance the Health and Human Rights of Menstruators. Health & Human Rights: An International Journal, 23(1), 293–296. 

Zivi, K. (2020). Hiding in Public or Going with the Flow: Human Rights, Human Dignity, and the Movement for Menstrual Equity. Human Rights Quarterly, 42(1), 119-144. Retrieved October 9, 2021, from https://doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2020.0003 

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