“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.
The Society is a response to an online piece 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.
- 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, or through Network for Good — both have a monthly option ($10 monthly minimum). 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!
Interested in knowing more about our work?
— You can watch this news piece from News9new 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.