The Ground on Which We All Stand: A Conversation About Menstrual Equity Law and Activism

42 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2019 Last revised: 14 Aug 2019

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Bridget J. Crawford

Pace University School of Law

Margaret E. Johnson

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Marcy Lynn Karin

University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law

Laura Strausfeld

Period Equity

Emily Gold Waldman

Pace University - School of Law

Date Written: March 14, 2019

Abstract

This essay grows out of a panel discussion among five lawyers on the subject of menstrual equity activism at the 21st Annual Women’s History Conference at Sarah Lawrence College in 2019. Each of the authors is a scholar, activist or organizer involved in some form of menstrual equity work. The overall project is both enriched and complicated by an intersectional analysis.

This essay increases awareness of existing menstrual equity and menstrual justice work; it also identifies avenues for further inquiry, next steps for legal action, and opportunities that lie ahead. After describing prior and current work at the junction of law and menstruation, the contributors evaluate the successes and limitations of recent legal changes. The authors then turn to conceptual issues about the relationship between menstrual equity and gender justice, as well as the difference between equity and equality. The essay concludes with consideration of the future of menstrual equity and menstrual justice work. The authors envision an expanded, inclusive group of individuals working for greater gender justice.

Note: Each contributor's initials precede her individual answers.

Keywords: menstruation, menstrual equity, menstrual justice, tampon tax, tampon, employment discrimination, pregnancy, pregnancy discrimination, product safety, enviornmen

JEL Classification: K00, K1, K10, K11, K13

Suggested Citation

Crawford, Bridget J. and Johnson, Margaret E. and Karin, Marcy and Strausfeld, Laura and Waldman, Emily Gold, The Ground on Which We All Stand: A Conversation About Menstrual Equity Law and Activism (March 14, 2019). Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3352857

Bridget J. Crawford (Contact Author)

Pace University School of Law ( email )

78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
United States

Margaret E. Johnson

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

Marcy Karin

University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law ( email )

4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Bldg. 52
Washington, DC 20008
United States

Laura Strausfeld

Period Equity

c/o Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Brennan Center for Justic
120 Broadway, Suite 1750
New York, NY 10271
United States

Emily Gold Waldman

Pace University - School of Law ( email )

78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
United States

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