Hi! My name is Emma Boothroyd and I’m a high school sophomore in Massachusetts. I first found out about PERIOD when Nadya Okamoto came to my school and spoke about her story and mission. I was shocked that I had been oblivious to the problem before, and immediately wanted to get involved and do anything I could. I realized how much I take advantage of having easy access to personal hygiene products, and wanted to join the PERIOD team to make sure everyone else has the same right. Learning the statistics about the state tax on all period products over other non-essential products fueled my aggravation towards the period stigma. For these reasons and many more, I am eager to jump right in and do anything in my power to help change the conversation!
Why do you care about periods?
I care about periods because I honestly don’t understand why it is such a concealed topic. 50% of the population of the world has a period, yet the discussions around it are a rarity in politics and daily life. Personal hygiene should not be a luxury, but a right for everyone! This problem is so prevalent today, yet the stigma surrounding it prevents necessary conversations that help achieve change. I go to an all-girls school, so I am always surrounded by inspiring young women who are ready to make a difference surrounding periods. This environment has provided me with the confidence to speak out and not be ashamed periods, and I hope to give others that assurance too.
When was the moment you realized you were interested in becoming apart of the menstrual movement?
The moment I realized I was interested in becoming apart of the menstrual movement was some time around when Nadya came to my high school. Her words made me remember all the times I hid a pad up my sleeve, or was embarrassed when I had to disclose that I was on my period, and I wondered why these were the circumstances. I was so excited to hear that a group of people agreed with me and wanted to change these same circumstances. No matter how uncomfortable it may be, menstruators and non-menstruators alike have to come together to stop the stigma, and the lack of necessary hygiene products for those who need them most.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time working with PERIOD?
During my time working with PERIOD, I hope to accomplish a lot, probably more than the attainable goal, but I am setting my sights high. I want to create content that sparks conversations and adds to the major force of the menstrual movement. I hope to gain experience from this internship, and leave knowing I have made a difference, no matter how small. I am excited to begin working in the menstrual movement, and hope to gain knowledge and learn more about the problems we are all so passionate about. If I help organize an event to get people involved, or even personally help someone, I will know my work is for a great cause.