“Menstruation Matters: Challenging the Law’s Silence on Periods”

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“Menstruation Matters: Challenging the Law’s Silence on Periods”

Bridget J. Crawford and Emily Gold Waldman of Pace University, Elisabeth Haub School of Law authored Menstruation Matters: Challenging the Law’s Silence on Periodsa book analyzing the law and social movements around menstruation.

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Explores the nascent menstruation advocacy movement and analyzes how the law should evolve to take menstruation into account.

About half the population menstruates for much of their lives, but the law is generally silent on the subject. Until recently, most people would have said that periods are private matters not to be discussed in public. But recent years have seen a new willingness among advocates and allies of all ages to talk openly about the rules. Slowly around the world, people are recognizing the basic human right to treat menstruation safely and affordably, without stigma, shame or barriers to access.

Menstruation Matters explores the role of the law in this movement. It asks what the law currently says about menstruation (spoiler alert: not much) and provides a roadmap for legal reform that can bring society closer to a world where no one is held back or disadvantaged by menstruation. . Bridget J. Crawford and Emily Gold Waldman examine these issues in a wide range of contexts, from schools to workplaces to prisons, tax policy and more. Ultimately, they seek to transform both law and society so that menstruation is no longer a barrier to full participation in all aspects of public and private life.

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