In Germany last fall, I had a great time photographing ladies room doors. I also picked up the above bag. Look at all those languages! Women, everywhere, experience periods. Once home, I began pondering how other cultures regard menstruation. I found this article in the Huffington Post.
The article not only describes the menstruation hardships of women in other cultures, but it points back to the United States. Homeless and low income women here often can’t buy the supplies they need, and they may not have access to showers and clean towels. Here’s an article in MS Magazine.
Distributing Dignity is an organization that collects bras and tampons/pads.Their mission is to help women who are:
- In and Aging out of foster care
- Seeking refuge from domestic violence or abuse
- Homeless: veterans, teens and others
- Struggling with life altering illness
- Displaced by disaster
Your local food bank or shelter welcomes donations of feminine supplies. We regularly donate food, but I have never taken sanitary supplies. I think this is partly because they are so expensive, which is the whole point! Women need them.
I’m also wondering if middle schools and high schools would appreciate donations of feminine supplies. Any teachers out there know the answer?