A mom had decided to host an annual event called the Period Party for young girls to help make menstruation a positive aspect rather than a negative and shameful one.
Shanicia Boswell is trying to change the narrative surrounding periods after her then 6-year-old daughter, Kamryn, began asking about periods.
When Kamryn asked her mom about periods, Boswell had to pause and think for a minute. She had to decide whether to talk to her daughter about menstruation in a real way or, in a way that sugar-coated it.
“I decided to really talk to her about what her menstrual cycle was,” Boswell told Today Parents.
“We have this video online where I’m explaining to her what a period is, and she’s telling me what she thinks. And I realized that this is just something that we don’t talk about — our menstrual cycles. We still go to the grocery store to buy pads and tampons, and we’ll hide the box of pads.”
After talking to her daughter about periods, the thirty-one-year-old came to the realization of just how much periods are looked down on in society.
Boswell realized that people feel embarrassed about menstruation because “the female period has been stigmatized for so many years.”
“It’s something that we’ve had to hide, and almost be made to be ashamed of,” she said.
So, the quick-thinking mom decided to do what she can to break down the stigma, and thus came the Period Party.
The Period Party is an annual event that features panels of experts who provide information about menstruation and health.
Not only that, but it also teaches women about their bodies while intending to change how people view periods so it’s no longer a taboo subject.
“A lot of women have had very negative experiences with their menstrual cycles just because they were never told about them. They don’t know about their bodies,” Boswell said.
“I created the Period Party for young girls so that they could grow up having a positive experience with the menstrual cycles.”
The event also sees Boswell holds a menstrual donation drive with donations helping those women who are sadly experiencing period poverty.
“Access to proper health care when it comes to our menstrual cycle should be a right, not a privilege,” she said. “It doesn’t matter a woman’s income tax bracket, she should have the ability to properly care for her body.”
“In the first week of the menstrual drive we received over 500 donations,” she said. “It was overwhelming because the issue I was having was finding enough shelters that would actually take that many menstrual products.”
Since starting the Period Party, Boswell has been praised by women of all ages for starting a conversation. And now, it’s important to her that she keeps the conversation going.
“For me, it’s not really a one-time conversation, it is an ongoing conversation for the next ten years,” she said. “A lot of girls learn how to use tampons from that little diagram inside of the box… I want to change that experience for my daughter.”
“It’s like that conversation you never knew you needed.”