Empowering Women. Period.

Empowering Women. Period.

All girls deserve the right to an informed and shameless maturity into womenhood


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Imagine a world where you were unable to go about your daily life just because of your period? Imagine not having access to the feminine products you need to leave your house and go to work or school.

Unfortunately, this is the reality that many young girls and women face around the world. In many places, feminine products are either inaccessible or too expensive for those that need them. Many girls are kept out of school for nearly a full week every month. This hinders their education and ability to keep up with their classmates. Women are confined to their homes, unable to go to work and make a living, because they don’t have access to the proper feminine products.

That’s where good companies come in. Days for Girls and Femme International are two companies that are striving to make a difference. These companies donate reusable feminine products, such as washable pads and menstrual cups to girls in need. Handmade pads are washable and reusable for up to the three years while the menstrual cups are reusable for up to ten years! Not only are these companies providing feminine products, but they are also giving vital woman’s health education. A girl can confidently go to school every day without worrying about her period. A mother can go to work to provide for her family. Think about the difference such a small gesture can make in someone’s life.

Check out the non-profits below to get involved!


period.org

PERIOD is leading the menstrual movement. We celebrate periods and provide products to those in need.


sistersupply.org

Providing tampons, pads and underwear to women and girls in need.


helloflow.org

For The Love of Women (FLOW) is a non-profit organization providing feminine care products to females in need.


daysforgirls.org

Days for Girls is changing the status quo, through quality menstrual care solutions, and health education.

| Written by Rachel Pitre Ray @rachel_alaine


Fella’s Prison Penitent

Prison reform has become an issue that no one seems to know exactly how to address. Even I, considering myself as a sensible offender, am not sure how we can solve the issues. Having first-hand experience with the criminal justice and mass incarceration system, I must say, Houston we have a problem

Fella’s Prison Penitent

Nelson Mandela said, “A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones”. I say that’s America’s prisoners.



Prison reform has become an issue that no one seems to know exactly how to address. Even I, considering myself as a sensible offender, am not sure how we can solve the issues. Having first-hand experience with the criminal justice and mass incarceration system, I must say, Houston we have a problem

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I could express my feelings and dealings with the system, but that’s so far removed from penitent or the penitentiary. Simply, we have a system where double standards are common and to be criminal only means you cannot defend yourself. I thought that if I told the truth that maybe I would be set free.

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After being denied the opportunity to have a well-composed defense lawyer or the documents to prove my self innocent…
I became bitter, hateful and hurt…
like no one cared…

But even worse was realizing that justice didn’t exist. Equality is a figment of man’s vain imagination. All men were created, criminal. That the only thing that made me different was that I was dumb enuff to get caught. At least that’s what prison is showing me.

After being in prison for six years, I can confirm that power unchecked corrupts absolutely. Every layer of our justice system is a web of oppression and corruption. If I do not continue to educate myself, I will be doomed. Succumb to a system that turns man into beast. So, I am picking up a book to know thy self.

Rich Fella

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Photographer Richard Ross’s essay Life After Prison shows the struggle to return to the outside world. Also check out the online magazine Juvenile in Justice.


| Written by Willie McDowell 01997735
| Visuals by Mary Ellen Mark @MaryEllen_Mark, Brook Pete @brookpete, NYTimes.com Focusing on Prison Photography, Richard Ross @juvenileinjust, @The Atlantic, vlog Brothers