"...a barn burner of cultural analysis that never strays from the preventable suffering at its core."
"Inch by inch we can lessen the gender gap and this book provides a leap in the right direction."
—Danai Gurira, award-winning actress and playwright, UN Goodwill Ambassador, founder of Love Our Girls
Period. End of Sentence.
When the documentary film, Period. End of Sentence. won an Oscar in 2019, Melissa Berton — producer and founder of the non-profit Pad Project — accepted the award by saying, “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” Inspired by the film, Anita Diamant has written a book that explores the cultural roots of menstrual injustice, which erodes self-esteem, limits opportunities, and even threatens lives. The book also celebrates a new generation of activists and innovators working to end period poverty and stigma. The New York Times writes, "This hopeful celebration will be a useful tool for raising awareness."
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This essay appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine a few decades ago. I thought it deserved a reprise this May, when big companies spend millions on smarmy tributes to nurses. When I drive past the hospital where my daughter was born, I look up to the 11th floor and wonder if the new moms…