Since the death of George Floyd, a new wave of anti-racism has arisen and voices against police bru­tal­ity are becom­ing louder and louder. Sup­port­ing the Black com­munity, show­ing solid­ar­ity with the protests and the Black Lives Mat­ter Move­ment can take place in many dif­fer­ent forms. We are all learn­ing how to bet­ter sup­port each other. Some of us go to the protests, oth­ers read books, some sign peti­tions and oth­ers donate to organ­iz­a­tions. We can all make our con­tri­bu­tion and it can be very dif­fer­ent for each per­son. Let us intro­duce you to six inspir­ing Black women in the period world.

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

Men­strual justice is just one example from the mul­ti­tude of sys­tem­atic racism that we all have to face. In search of a way in which we at Vul­vani can sup­port the voices of Black people, we want to intro­duce you to six inspir­ing Black women in the period world today. They run a com­pany selling period products, have foun­ded a men­strual NGO or are com­mit­ted as indi­vidu­als to bet­ter men­strual edu­ca­tion. They all share a mis­sion: All men­stru­at­ing people should be able to exper­i­ence a happy, dig­ni­fied and care­free period.

Bea Dixon: The Honey Pot Company

Bea Dixon foun­ded The Honey Pot Co.  in 2012. In addi­tion to expand­ing her own busi­ness, she has made it her heart’s desire to sup­port other Black female entre­pren­eurs. Dixon star­ted her com­pany because she her­self had been suf­fer­ing from bac­terial vagin­osis for months. With the power of herbs, she man­aged to calm her pain and turned her vis­ion into a real­ity. The products range from vari­ous period products to deter­gents and care products for expect­ant moth­ers. The focus of all products lies in offer­ing chem­ical-free, plant-based and envir­on­ment­ally friendly altern­at­ives to con­ven­tional products. By buy­ing these products, products are donated to people who could not afford them otherwise.

Crys­tal Etienne: Ruby Love

Ruby Love was foun­ded by Crys­tal Etienne in 2015. While help­ing her daugh­ter through the tur­bu­lent real­ity of peri­ods, she kept ask­ing her­self: Why are there no bet­ter period products out there? Why do we have to settle for products that were developed dec­ades ago? That’s why Ruby Love offers men­strual under­wear and innov­at­ive swim­wear for your period. Both products have a spe­cial dri-tech mesh in the crotch area to provide leak-proof pro­tec­tion. For teen­agers there is also a “first aid kits” for men­arche.

Nerissa Irving-Olug­bala: Nene Fem Health

Nene Fem Health was foun­ded by Nerissa Irving-Olug­bala six years ago. It is a vegan, envir­on­ment­ally con­scious brand that shows hol­istic ways in care. Besides vari­ous sizes of men­strual cups, Nene Fem Health also offers yoni eggs and yoni steam­ing. Many of the products are still made at home at Nerissa’s place. They also offer work­shops for teen­agers to sup­port them dur­ing puberty and to share their know­ledge with them. The focus of their edu­ca­tional work is mainly on the changes in the body, the cycle and dif­fer­ent period products.

Chelsea von Chaz: We are Happy Period 

Chelsea von Chaz foun­ded the non-profit-organ­iz­a­tion We are Happy Period in 2015 together with her mother, Cheryl Warner. To help all men­stru­at­ing people to man­age their peri­ods with dig­nity, they dis­trib­ute period products to people with a low income, who live in poverty or are home­less. These are people who can­not afford men­strual products but still need them. The NGO also aims to end the stigma and racist inequal­it­ies within the men­strual world.
Here you can sup­port the organ­isa­tion with a donation.

Vian­ney Leigh: Status Flow Co.

Vian­ney Leigh is a men­strual coach, the founder of Status Flow Co. and host of the pod­cast Peri­ods & Power Moves. Her focus lies in cycle aware­ness and com­bines it with top­ics such as busi­ness, suc­cess and pro­ductiv­ity. Her goal is to help men­stru­at­ing people find their flow and live in har­mony with their men­strual cycle. She offers 1:1 ment­or­ing as well as online courses.

Jan­elle King: The Nurse Note

Jan­elle King is a registered nurse and spe­cial­ist in pub­lic health. She is also known as The Nurse Note. As an expert, she also uses her social media chan­nels and her blog to openly and hon­estly edu­cate people about men­stru­ation, vulva, con­tra­cep­tion, sexu­al­ity and everything that comes with it. She devotes her­self to top­ics 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 inspir­ing 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 sup­port the #BLM-move­ment is through inten­tional con­sumer­ism. Because shop­ping is polit­ical. In the end every single decision we take and action we make is a polit­ical state­ment. It is up to us where our money goes and who we fin­ance with our pur­chases. This is one way in which we can (fin­an­cially) sup­port the Black com­munity and change the dis­tri­bu­tion of power long term in an industry that is pre­dom­in­antly in white hands. There­fore it is import­ant that we sup­port inspir­ing Black women in the period world – no mat­ter in which form. Maybe you feel like try­ing their period products, fol­low them on social media, attend their work­shops, book them for your next con­fer­ence or donate to their projects!

We want to share our plat­form with you

We at Vul­vani are often ask­ing ourselves: What can we do? We want to use our plat­form and share it with you to por­tray the diversity of the men­strual world and cel­eb­rate all voices in the period revolu­tion. That’s why we offer free product reviews in the form of an SEO-optim­ized blog post to five dif­fer­ent period com­pan­ies or organ­iz­a­tions foun­ded by inspir­ing Black women. An inter­view por­trait with amaz­ing Black men­strual act­iv­ists is also pos­sible. Feel free to share this oppor­tun­ity with those who might be inter­ested in it! Write us a mes­sage if you are inter­ested in our offer or have fur­ther ques­tions. We look for­ward to get­ting to know you bet­ter and telling your story on Vulvani!

Britta Wiebe, period education, Vulvani
Britta 
Co-Founder Vul­vani | britta@vulvani.com | Web­site | + posts

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.