Hi, my name is Bridget Snyder. I am so excited to be interning with PERIOD this summer and becoming more involved with the menstrual movement.
Why do you care about periods?
At first glance, this answer seems pretty easy: I get one every month! But in a larger sense, our society’s shockingly little awareness and treatment of periods should be of interest to everyone! There exists a dichotomy between a woman and her period as if during our cycle we become inept, at the most basic level, of being ourselves. This gap is even more profound within individuals who menstruate without identifying as female. This train of thought is enforced by little to false representations of menstruation through media and lack of educational efforts to reconcile young people with their menstrual cycle.
When was the moment you realized you were interested in becoming a part of the menstrual movement?
I met Nadya this past year at Harvard Model UN; her speech about PERIOD and the work they do really inspired me. Going into my junior year of high school, I knew I wanted to become a woman of action. Rather than just supporting an idea, I wanted to be a part of a movement to help others. After learning of the luxury tax on menstrual products, I realized there was a fundamental gap in what was needed by the citizens of this country and what the government knew and understood about the price of such necessary products.
What do I hope to accomplish during my time working with PERIOD?
Environmentally, I want to learn more about the cup and cloth program. As tampons make up so much of the waste in our oceans, I hope to educate myself on new ways to be environmentally friendly. As this will be my first experience interning, I am excited to learn the ropes of working in a professional atmosphere while producing content that interests me deeply. On the digital content side of things, I hope to learn about new forms of media and become more adept at using such technologies.