“Kwe’k” means “women” in the Potawatomi language.
We are The Women’s Society.
Here’s what we are all about.
The Kwek Society provides first-period kits and educational materials, pads, tampons, and underwear to Native American girls and young women without ready access to these expensive menstrual supplies. We are guided by the needs of the individual student communities we support.
We support and trumpet the successes of Native American girls and women and fulfill their other material needs as our funds and time allow.
And we work to raise awareness to the inequities experienced by those we help.
A terrific overview of our work, by Health and Wellness writer Meghan Holohan, was posted to Today.com on April 30, 2019 — What is period poverty? Native American women work to address issue —
can be read here.
The Society is a response to another online piece — that one is by Eleanor Goldberg, Why Many Native American Girls Skip School When They Have Their Periods. You can read it here.
Here are online options for donating — please contact us if you want to donate by check, or if you want to donate your time to our work. We are always looking for volunteers to host supply drives for us — these are a great way to grow our inventory of period supplies for distribution and also get information about us out to many communities. And we always welcome donations of first moon bags from those of you with sewing skills. (Please visit the First Moon Bags page on this website for details and an instructional video.) You may have thoughts about how you can help us that we haven’t thought about; please share them!
- Donate to us through the PayPal Giving Fund here. When you donate through this link, PayPal pays all fees and we get 100% of your donation.
- Make a monthly donation for a monthly need. You can donate through
The Kwek Society on CrowdRise, through Network for Good
or through Great Nonprofits – all three have one-time and monthly options ($10 monthly minimum), and take processing fees from your contribution before disbursing to us. Monthly donations are so appreciated, as they give us stability as we work to meet the monthly period supplies needs of girls and young women. Give a donation monthly in celebration of your own moon-time or that of the girls and women in your life!
- Contact us about providing a cash or in-kind donation, or for the name of the school and address to which you can send supplies directly (Amazon is the best option for getting supplies to our rural school partners). Here are sample products, available, via AmazonSmile, that our students particularly like:
Interested in knowing more about our work?
— You can watch this news piece from News9 in Oklahoma: United Voice: Donation of Feminine Hygiene Products Helps Native American Girls in School.
— You can read all about us here, in the January 2019 edition of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s newspaper.
— You can find detailed information about our mission, our accomplishments so far, who is on our Board of Directors — and more — on GuideStar, where you’ll also find a DONATE button. And please explore our website, friend us on Facebook, follow our progress.
Our goals are to end period poverty for those we help, and to celebrate, and foster the academic and other success of, Native girls and young women. In April 2018 we obtained 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. Your donations are tax-deductible pursuant to IRS rules.
Through social media and personal engagement we also are educating North Americans about the needs, and the accomplishments, of Native girls and young women.