“Every mother, everywhere, regardless of race or background deserves to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. And you can help make this a reality.”
-Serena Williams, professional tennis player, businesswoman and UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
Womxn, we are 50% of the population and still talking in hushed voices about the health of our lady parts. Let’s be real, at least ⅓ of the womxn reading this are on their period RIGHT NOW!
The government did away with contraceptive care protections affecting 62 million women. We are still debating whether to do away with the Tampon Taxin most states. And the maternal mortality rate for women in the United States is worsening (along with the wage gap); we are losing black mothers at rates three times higher than that of white womxn. Tennis superstar, Serena Williams, a womxn undoubtedly with unrestricted access to the best doctors and care describes “an episode in which hospital employees did not act on her concern”, leading to a series of life threatening complications.
Womxn’s health care in American is inadequate on most days, and fatal on bad ones.
What would happen if we did away with whispered asks for pads and tampons, hiding the pain of challenges with conveining, deliveries and postpartum care, and talking openly about our struggles with reproductive care with the same candor reserved for happy hour conversations about sex.
Building brilliant careers can only happen when we are thriving. Join us next week as we partner with The Maternal Coalition to have a candid conversation about health (read Founder, Srilata Remala’s WHY here). Use the code ‘PERIODS’ to get $5/off tickets here.
Now, for ⅓ of the womxn reading this on their periods, let’s tuck into the rest of the candy bar.
Aparna & Sage