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What is Period Poverty? Native American women work to address issue.
By Meghan Holohan
During class, Tierra Baird felt her period start and rushed to the bathroom. She tried to get a tampon from the machine, but it was broken. Baird, a sophomore at the time, didn’t have one because her family couldn’t afford them.
“I couldn’t access tampons,” the now 17-year-old high school senior told TODAY. “Money was a little bit tight. I would ask some friends for tampons when I needed them. I would be too embarrassed so it was something I wouldn’t talk about.” Read full article
Menstrual Equity in Tribal Nations with Eva Marie Carney
The Days for Girls Podcast
Learn more about our work in schools and communities across the United States and Canada, and what motivates us, during this podcast interview conducted by the Communicators Director of our ally, DaysforGirlsUSA: Listen to the podcast
‘It cannot be this way’: What is period poverty and how to solve it
Before the pandemic, Chantal Alison-Konteh, an 8th grade teacher, noticed that her students would sometimes sneak a few tampons and pads from the school bathrooms — not only for themselves, but also for their siblings, mothers or caregivers at home.
New York is only 1 of 4 current states where public schools provide free menstrual products. And even so, Alison-Konteh has heard students and parents claim that school bathrooms still had machines charging 25 or 50 cents for products. Read full article
Women Crush Wednesday
Working for Women
Our founder was honored to be the “Women for Wednesday” a crush of Working for Women. Working for Women elevates women who are economically marginalized to financial independence by transforming the way businesses support nonprofits working for women. We at The Kwek Society are fully behind that!
Meet the Women Fighting to End Period poverty on Native American reservations
An organization called the Kwek Society, named for the Potawatomi word for “woman”, is tackling period poverty on reservations. Their donations of menstrual products are helping provide girls at Red Cloud with the menstrual products — and dignity — that they deserve.
The Kwek Society was founded by 60-year-old Eva Marie Carney last September, in response to the shocking rate of period poverty on Native American reservations. A 2017 survey by the brand Always found that one in five American girls left or missed school because they didn’t have period products. Read full article
United Voice: Donation of Feminine Hygiene Products Helps Native American Girls in School
A recent donation of feminine hygiene products to a school in Shawnee is making a big impact in the lives of girls there. Pleasant Grove caters to mostly Native American students, and the help is especially needed in their community.
Every woman has faced the fear of her first cycle, but imagine that being compounded by not having the access to the products you need. Read more and watch TB news clip
Kwek Society recognized with Power, Together award in Iceland
The Reykjavík Global Forum Women Leaders presented The Kwek Society (Kwe’k means “women” in Potawatomi) with the Power, Together award in November 2019. Founded by Tribal member and Citizen Potawatomi Nation District 2 Legislator Eva Marie Carney, the nonprofit was one of 25 organizations recognized for their dedication to ending period poverty during the three-day conference in Iceland. Read full article
The Kwek Society helps Native women
By Rich Tupica
The Kwek Society (Kwe’k means “women” in Potawatomi) wakes up every morning with the same mission: supplying Native women with products they desperately need. The nonprofit, which formed in 2018, provides tampons, pads and other menstrual supplies to Native American communities across the country who lack access to these expensive products. The organization also provides educational materials and raises awareness about period poverty in Native American communities. Read full article
The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Indigenous women are showing up all over Indian Country to assist their communities and other Native nations during the pandemic. Follow these grassroots, organizational, and governmental efforts and learn more about their critical and courageous work! Read full article
“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 moon time bags and puberty education materials, pads, tampons, and underwear to Native American students and community members without ready access to these expensive menstrual supplies.