6 inspir­ing Black women in the period world

by Britta
Unternehmen f√ľr die Periode von Schwarzen Frauen, Schwarze Gr√ľnderinnen, Periodenwelt, Periodenrevolution, Schwarze Unternehmen, Schwarze Startups, Periodenunternehmen, inspirierende Schwarz Frauen, Vulvani

Since the death of George Floyd, a new wave of anti-racism has arisen and voices against police bru¬≠tal¬≠ity are becom¬≠ing louder and louder. Sup¬≠port¬≠ing the Black com¬≠mu¬≠nity, show¬≠ing sol¬≠i¬≠dar¬≠ity with the protests and the Black Lives Mat¬≠ter Move¬≠ment can take place in many dif¬≠fer¬≠ent forms. We are all learn¬≠ing how to bet¬≠ter sup¬≠port each other. Some of us go to the protests, oth¬≠ers read books, some sign peti¬≠tions and oth¬≠ers donate to orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tions. We can all make our con¬≠tri¬≠bu¬≠tion and it can be very dif¬≠fer¬≠ent for each per¬≠son. Let us intro¬≠duce you to six inspir¬≠ing Black women in the period world.

Inspir­ing Black women in the period world, who stand up for more men­strual justice

Men¬≠strual jus¬≠tice is just one exam¬≠ple from the mul¬≠ti¬≠tude of sys¬≠tem¬≠atic racism that we all have to face. In search of a way in which we at Vul¬≠vani can sup¬≠port the voices of Black peo¬≠ple, we want to intro¬≠duce you to six inspir¬≠ing Black women in the period world today. They run a com¬≠pany sell¬≠ing period prod¬≠ucts, have founded a men¬≠strual NGO or are com¬≠mit¬≠ted as indi¬≠vid¬≠u¬≠als to bet¬≠ter men¬≠strual edu¬≠ca¬≠tion. They all share a mis¬≠sion: All men¬≠stru¬≠at¬≠ing peo¬≠ple should be able to expe¬≠ri¬≠ence a happy, dig¬≠ni¬≠fied and care¬≠free period.

Bea Dixon: The Honey Pot Company

Bea Dixon founded The Honey Pot Co.  in 2012. In addi¬≠tion to expand¬≠ing her own busi¬≠ness, she has made it her heart‚Äôs desire to sup¬≠port other Black female entre¬≠pre¬≠neurs. Dixon started her com¬≠pany because she her¬≠self had been suf¬≠fer¬≠ing from bac¬≠te¬≠r¬≠ial vagi¬≠nosis for months. With the power of herbs, she man¬≠aged to calm her pain and turned her vision into a real¬≠ity. The prod¬≠ucts range from var¬≠i¬≠ous period prod¬≠ucts to deter¬≠gents and care prod¬≠ucts for expec¬≠tant moth¬≠ers. The focus of all prod¬≠ucts lies in offer¬≠ing chem¬≠i¬≠cal-free, plant-based and envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tally friendly alter¬≠na¬≠tives to con¬≠ven¬≠tional prod¬≠ucts. By buy¬≠ing these prod¬≠ucts, prod¬≠ucts are donated to peo¬≠ple who could not afford them otherwise.

Crys­tal Eti­enne: Ruby Love

Ruby Love was founded by Crys¬≠tal Eti¬≠enne in 2015. While help¬≠ing her daugh¬≠ter through the tur¬≠bu¬≠lent real¬≠ity of peri¬≠ods, she kept ask¬≠ing her¬≠self: Why are there no bet¬≠ter period prod¬≠ucts out there? Why do we have to set¬≠tle for prod¬≠ucts that were devel¬≠oped decades ago? That‚Äôs why Ruby Love offers men¬≠strual under¬≠wear and inno¬≠v¬≠a¬≠tive swimwear for your period. Both prod¬≠ucts have a spe¬≠cial dri-tech mesh in the crotch area to pro¬≠vide leak-proof pro¬≠tec¬≠tion. For teenagers there is also a ‚Äúfirst aid kits‚ÄĚ for menar¬≠che.

Ner­issa Irv­ing-Olug­bala: Nene Fem Health

Nene Fem Health was founded by Ner¬≠issa Irv¬≠ing-Olug¬≠bala six years ago. It is a vegan, envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tally con¬≠scious brand that shows holis¬≠tic ways in care. Besides var¬≠i¬≠ous sizes of men¬≠strual cups, Nene Fem Health also offers yoni eggs and yoni steam¬≠ing. Many of the prod¬≠ucts are still made at home at Nerissa‚Äôs place. They also offer work¬≠shops for teenagers to sup¬≠port them dur¬≠ing puberty and to share their knowl¬≠edge with them. The focus of their edu¬≠ca¬≠tional work is mainly on the changes in the body, the cycle and dif¬≠fer¬≠ent period products.

Chelsea von Chaz: We are Happy Period 

Chelsea von Chaz founded the non-profit-orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion We are Happy Period in 2015 together with her mother, Cheryl Warner. To help all men¬≠stru¬≠at¬≠ing peo¬≠ple to man¬≠age their peri¬≠ods with dig¬≠nity, they dis¬≠trib¬≠ute period prod¬≠ucts to peo¬≠ple with a low income, who live in poverty or are home¬≠less. These are peo¬≠ple who can¬≠not afford men¬≠strual prod¬≠ucts but still need them. The NGO also aims to end the stigma and racist inequal¬≠i¬≠ties within the men¬≠strual world.
Here you can sup¬≠port the organ¬≠i¬≠sa¬≠tion with a donation.

Vian¬≠ney Leigh: Sta¬≠tus Flow Co.

Vian¬≠ney Leigh is a men¬≠strual coach, the founder of Sta¬≠tus Flow Co. and host of the pod¬≠cast Peri¬≠ods & Power Moves. Her focus lies in cycle aware¬≠ness and com¬≠bines it with top¬≠ics such as busi¬≠ness, suc¬≠cess and pro¬≠duc¬≠tiv¬≠ity. Her goal is to help men¬≠stru¬≠at¬≠ing peo¬≠ple find their flow and live in har¬≠mony with their men¬≠strual cycle. She offers 1:1 men¬≠tor¬≠ing as well as online courses.

Janelle King: The Nurse Note

Janelle King is a reg¬≠is¬≠tered nurse and spe¬≠cial¬≠ist in pub¬≠lic health. She is also known as The Nurse Note. As an expert, she also uses her social media chan¬≠nels and her blog to openly and hon¬≠estly edu¬≠cate peo¬≠ple about men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion, vulva, con¬≠tra¬≠cep¬≠tion, sex¬≠u¬≠al¬≠ity and every¬≠thing that comes with it. She devotes her¬≠self to top¬≠ics that many would rather not talk about.

In an inter­view with us she talks about her period and which men­strual prod­ucts she only recently learned about.

Which inspir¬≠ing Black women in the period world do you know?

Shar­ing is car­ing. Which period brands by Black founders do you know? Are there per­haps also some on the Ger­man or Euro­pean mar­ket that we have not men­tioned here? Which inspir­ing Black women in the period world do you know? Are there BICOP men­strual activists who are still miss­ing in our list? Men­tion them in the com­ments sec­tion so that every­one can ben­e­fit from this conversation.

Every deci­sion is political

One way to sup¬≠port the #BLM-move¬≠ment is through inten¬≠tional con¬≠sumerism. Because shop¬≠ping is polit¬≠i¬≠cal. In the end every sin¬≠gle deci¬≠sion we take and action we make is a polit¬≠i¬≠cal state¬≠ment. It is up to us where our money goes and who we finance with our pur¬≠chases. This is one way in which we can (finan¬≠cially) sup¬≠port the Black com¬≠mu¬≠nity and change the dis¬≠tri¬≠b¬≠u¬≠tion of power long term in an indus¬≠try that is pre¬≠dom¬≠i¬≠nantly in white hands. There¬≠fore it is impor¬≠tant that we sup¬≠port inspir¬≠ing Black women in the period world ‚Äď no mat¬≠ter in which form. Maybe you feel like try¬≠ing their period prod¬≠ucts, fol¬≠low them on social media, attend their work¬≠shops, book them for your next con¬≠fer¬≠ence or donate to their projects!

We want to share our plat¬≠form with you

We at Vul¬≠vani are often ask¬≠ing our¬≠selves: What can we do? We want to use our plat¬≠form and share it with you to por¬≠tray the diver¬≠sity of the men¬≠strual world and cel¬≠e¬≠brate all voices in the period rev¬≠o¬≠lu¬≠tion. That‚Äôs why we offer free prod¬≠uct reviews in the form of an SEO-opti¬≠mized blog post to five dif¬≠fer¬≠ent period com¬≠pa¬≠nies or orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tions founded by inspir¬≠ing Black women. An inter¬≠view por¬≠trait with amaz¬≠ing Black men¬≠strual activists is also pos¬≠si¬≠ble. Feel free to share this oppor¬≠tu¬≠nity with those who might be inter¬≠ested in it! Write us a mes¬≠sage if you are inter¬≠ested in our offer or have fur¬≠ther ques¬≠tions. We look for¬≠ward to get¬≠ting to know you bet¬≠ter and telling your story on Vulvani!

Published at 8. June 2020
Britta Wiebe is the co-founder of Vulvani. She loves researching, writing and designing new articles or innovative educational concepts about menstruation all day long. When she is not travelling the world, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones in the beautiful city of Hamburg in Germany. Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter

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