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
Date Written: March 14, 2019
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
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