In Periods Gone Public, activist and advocate Jennifer Weiss-Wolf explores how and why periods have become a prominent political cause. From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for menstrual equity—a movement dedicated to bold activism, creative product innovation, and smart policy advocacy to address the centrality of menstruation within core issues of gender equality and social justice. From cultural attitudes of periods throughout history worldwide to proposals for much-needed political change, Weiss-Wolf challenges readers to face stigma head-on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power—and the absolute normalcy—of menstruation.
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is a leading advocate for equitable menstrual policy in America.Newsweek deemed her the “architect of the U.S. policy campaign to squash the tampon tax.” Her petition, launched in partnership with Cosmopolitan, catalyzed a national movement to end the tampon tax. Weiss-Wolf’s writing and work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, the Nation, Bloomberg, and Ms. Magazine, among others. She is on the advisory board of ZanaAfrica Foundation, which provides essential menstrual health education and products to girls in Kenya. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.