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Discussions on menstruation, environmental living, women's health, relevant politics, and other interesting matters - we like to go with the flow around here.

camping period

Years ago, I wouldn’t set any plans in stone without referring to my period tracking calendar to ensure I would be able to leave the pads behind. Since making the switch to reusables, Aunt Flo is allowed to invite herself along on any highly anticipated camping trips. Here are some tips from my days hiking the Appalachian Trail and from some ladies in our community:


  1. Is there a bathroom nearby?  While camping near RV sites or other established campgrounds, there are probably flushable toilets and running water.  This makes menstrual hygiene super manageable albeit less private.  Upside: there is probably also a convenience store to satisfy your chocolate craving!


  1. Don’t let cramps cramp your hiker style.  Waking up in nature is pure bliss, but body aches and pains can put a damper on your morning.  The good news is that natural remedies can be implemented even when you’re roughing it!  When you’re not hiking (exercise!), boil some water on your stove and fill your water bottle to make a “heating pad.”


  1. Pack it in/Pack it out.   Thankfully, we reuse our GladRags, but we still have to pack out our preferred products, used and unused. We can stow them in a Ziploc (or one of our gorgeous carry bags) and wash them when there is access to clean water at home (or in town during longer treks).


  1. Consider the Moon Cup.  The cup has a high volume capacity.  By day 2, I can easily wear it for the full 12 hours before emptying it.  Unlike disposable products (which are never to be buried or dumped in a campsite privy), our menstrual flow can be discarded like solid waste: in a hole 6-inches deep and 150 feet from a water source.  The cup also cuts down on pack-weight!


  1. Most backpackers prefer to use biodegradable soap (like plant-based Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator) for all their cleaning needs (hands, dishes, oral hygiene, etc).  Before and after emptying a cup, squeezing out a sponge or changing a cloth pad, be sure to either wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer (another backpacker’s accessory).  At the end of the cycle, wash it with soap and stow it in its special spot in your pack until next time


  1. We’ve already debunked the rumors that bears are attracted to your period.  However, it is advised to stow used products overnight as you would food, deodorant, or anything else with a smell–in a suspended bear bag or canister.


Chances are your love for the earth was a factor in your choice to try GladRags.  Feel free to appreciate nature in all its forms by camping and hiking during that time of the month!

About the author of this post:

Deborah is a summer intern at GladRags who loves books, Madonna, and reusable menstrual products. She lives in Portland with her husband, cat, and — sometimes — foster kittens!

July marked another year of reusable fun for GladRags, and that called for a celebration with as many people who have contributed to our continued success as possible! We set up a pamper picnic at beautiful Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland. In addition to treating ourselves, we also left no room for doubt that our favorite color is red. Our friend, Susan, who is the leading lady of Moondays, kindly let us use her amazing Red Tent décor to set the mood!


Light-fare, including caprese salad skewers complete with garden-grown tomatoes, was served with lemonade and cucumber water to wash it down. Some ladies brought their own wine and La Croix to really treat themselves!



Red nail polish and fierce temporary tattoos (adhered with sea sponges!) united the merry-makers in display of their bold and playful sides. Guests and hostesses alike couldn’t get enough of the Black Cat Tarot or Goddess Oracle Yoni readings. My wise woman card, Morgan Le Faye, urges me to embrace my personal rhythms– something all of us menstruators might take to heart.



Everyone decorated a “GladRag” and hung it up on the clothesline for a chance to win one of the awesome prizes from our friends at Bitch Media, PALACE on Burnside, PBJ’s Grilled, and Erika Moen author of the coveted Oh Joy Sex Toy. The biggest winner was GladRags, because now we have a sweet new decoration in our office to remember this happy day and everyone who attended.


It wouldn’t be a birthday party without some games (or gratuitous period paraphernalia) so we played “Pin the Egg on the Uterus.” Everyone left a winner once we busted open the tampoñata filled with slap bracelets, bubbles, and lots of red candy!




Speaking of “Ditching the Disposables,” we also wrapped up our summer initiative to swap out a disposable (unused and wrapped) menstrual product in exchange for a GladRags pantyliner. All donations (almost 600!) will be donated to Bradley Angle House. We aren’t the least bit surprised that our amazing community overflowed our collection jar by the end of the day– You all rock!



All in all, it was a blast to mingle with our family, friends, fans, and future/former GladRags users.  The Cuterus Fairy is aflutter answering our wishes for many more years of Cups and Cloth!



About the author of this post:

Deborah is a summer intern at GladRags who loves books, Madonna, and reusable menstrual products. She lives in Portland with her husband, cat, and — sometimes — foster kittens!

We recently chatted with Irene, the founder of BOX Naturals, a small feminine towelette company. We like their ethos: there’s nothing wrong with your natural smell, but when you feel the need to freshen make sure you’re choosing something that’s gentle on your body! Here’s more about Irene and BOX Naturals.


Hi Irene! Tell us a little bit about yourself and how BOX Naturals got started.
I originally created BOX Naturals after the birth of my first child, and any woman who has birthed a child will tell you that all kinds of crazy stuff comes out of you (and no, I’m not talking about the baby!). It was driving me crazy that I was using the same baby wipes that my personal sleep deprivation torture machine was using. I was also shocked to see that so many baby wipes, as gentle as they purport to be, was actually filled with chemicals that shouldn’t be there.

Long story short, I created a wipe that I would use on myself and for my baby. But one that was packaged so beautifully that women would feel pampered and beautiful, because I felt totally wretched those first few months. Clients kept telling me that they were using it for so many other things so we changed the formulation to make it multi-purpose, while keeping all of our core principles – no to synthetic fragrances, no to unnecessary chemicals, yes to being beautiful and yes to being cheeky (hence the name, BOX Naturals).

Your blog is a great resource for in-depth articles about standards for personal care products. Can you tell us what ingredients are in your towelettes and why?
First and foremost, our towelettes are naturally scented with essential oils – we didn’t want to go down a rabbit hole of chemicals that comes with synthetic fragrances. Our ingredients are:

  • Deionized Water
  • Vegetable Glycerin (Moisturizer)
  • Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber Fruit Extract)
  • Decyl Glucoside (Mild Surfactant)
  • Aloe Barbadenis Leaf (Organic Aloe)
  • Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin (Antimicrobial)
  • Polysorbate-20 (Solubilizer)
  • Lavender Oil (Organic) – For Lavender Only
  • Rose Geranium Oil (Organic) – For Rosewater Only
  • Citric Acid (pH balancer)

We try to employ a “less is more” mentality with our wipes. The fewer the ingredients the better for you. People ask us why we use pheoxyethanol as our antimicrobial. We found that it did the best in preventing bacterial growth and the amount that we use, less than .5% is considered to be safe (in fact, Europe and Japan, who traditionally have far stricter guidelines than the US allow up to 1% to be in cosmetics). We are constantly researching and asking questions and listening to our customers so if you have a viewpoint or suggestion, we are always here to engage in a conversation.

What’s been your biggest challenge with BOX Naturals? 
Time. I started BOX Naturals at quite possibly the worst time to ever start a business – right after having a baby!  I don’t know what I was thinking but sometimes, ignorance allows you to just go for it. Now, I am a mother of two under 4 years old and I am always balancing my priorities. The best decision I ever made was taking on my business partner, Jackie Guerra.  She is equally as busy, but somehow we manage to make this business work, and if we’re stressed and stretched too thin, well, we know that there’s someone who understands.

What’s next for you and BOX?
We are working on a new wipe and a new scent – stay tuned! We have tried the prototype as have our focus groups – and all we can say is that it’s awesome!


Great stuff! Thanks Irene!


For some people, that time of the month can mean cramps, headaches, and mood swings. But medications aren’t the only solutions to your shark week woes! Here are our favorite natural PMS remedies.

1. Drink herbal tea. There are even some companies that make teas specifically for that time of the month! Otherwise, just a relaxing nighttime tea should work well too.

2. Exercise. Sounds counterintuitive, but staying active will lessen cramps– cardio especially! The endorphins released after a workout will also help counteract any bad mood swings.

3. Use reusables. Women often report having a less bothersome period when using cloth pads or a cup, both because they’re more comfortable, and because some women find that they have shorter period when using a cup.

4. Practice Hatha yoga. Not only will doing some Hatha flows soothe you, but the stretches can relax your abdominal muscles, and make you feel more tranquil in the midst of a mood swing.

5. Eat balanced meals. Not getting all the nutritional elements you need could exacerbate headaches and mood swings. So, while you should always make sure that you’re getting your vitamins and minerals, it’s especially important when you’re on your period.

6. Try some Ayurvedic methods. Ayurvedic medicine combines ancient nutrition principles and holistic wellness to address medical issues in a natural way using ancient methods. Many people find PMS relief after seeing an Ayurvedic specialist. Learn more about Ayurvedic medicine in A New Cycle.

7. Use a hot water bottle. A simple cramp remedy! Placing an old-fashioned hot water bottle on your tummy not only relaxes your abdomen, but relaxes you, too.

These are a few of the things we do to manage that time of the month– how about you? What are your natural PMS remedies? Share in the comments!

kateAbout the author of this post:
Kate is a summer intern at GladRags, and a feminist with a passion for period positivity. She starts her senior year at Reed College this fall, where she’ll write her thesis on climate change policy.

It’s sometimes hard to feel good about your period in a world where people– especially women– are made to feel ashamed of their bodies and what they do. But at GladRags, we’re all about period positivity! So we’re sharing our best tips for positive thinking when it’s that time of the month.

red shoes

1. Don’t be afraid to talk about it! Feeling like you can’t talk about your cramps, or having to change your pad, only makes things worse! Menstruating is a totally normal thing and it should be talked about that way, as just another part of life.

2. Treat yourself during your period. Make your time of the month something you look forward to– a time to relax, give yourself a break, and eat some chocolate.

3. Use reusables. We’re taught to use disposables as a way of distancing ourselves from our periods, and being able to just throw the evidence of it away, sometimes even using chemicall-y scented products. Using cloth pads and cups are a great way to get over the “gross” factor of being on your period.

4. Find positive ways to think about your period. Don’t call it negative things like “the curse.” That doesn’t mean you have to use strictly clinical terms! Call it something positive, or goofy, or fun. Some of our favorites include “shark week,” “red badge of courage,” and “surfing the crimson wave.”

5. Learn about your cycle. Your uterus is a crazy-amazing thing! Don’t be ashamed of it– take the opportunity to learn about what makes your cycle the way it is. Chances are, you’ll learn some things you didn’t hear in high school sex ed.

6. Make it a new way to think about your health. There are many holistic health practices that women use to interact with their period, manage PMS, or monitor their fertility. Exploring new methods of menstrual health and wellness can be an interesting and empowering way to celebrate your period. One good guide for beginners is A New Cycle.

7. Use it as a way to connect to nature. Having a period is a natural process. Many women find it a good time to reflect on their bodies as a part of nature, the significance of their monthly cycle, and a way to practice fertility awareness. Charting your period alongside the calendar of the moon is one common practice of connecting menstruation and nature.

8. Use it as a way to connect to others. About 50% of the world can relate to the experience of having a period– chances are, someone around knows what its like! Participate in a red tent event in your area, or make your own monthly tradition with friends. (Monthly movie nights with friends and popcorn are sure to cure PMS.)


kateAbout the author of this post:
Kate is a summer intern at GladRags, and a feminist with a passion for period positivity. She starts her senior year at Reed College this fall, where she’ll write her thesis on climate change policy.

You know what’s hard to photograph? People using our products! Any shots of our products in action are really just photos of people doing their thing. So we have to get a little creative, which inspired our most recent photoshoot of GladRags in their many natural habitats: the bathroom at home, the laundromat, in a purse at work, a dresser drawer…

We’d like to introduce you to our wonderful models — who are also honest-to-goodness GladRags fans: meet Carrie, Rujuta, and me, Kate!



Name: Carrie
Age: 36
Occupation: Writer, Social Media Manager, and Recipe Generator at Our Stable Table and weekly contributor to The Leaky Boob

What was modeling like?  When I was 11, I was in a fashion show for JC Penny at my local mall. The guy who was styling us told me to “suck it in” and tightened my hot pink belt so tightly, I could barely breathe. That was the end of my modeling career because I liked breathing more than modeling.When my fantastic friends at GladRags asked me to do a little photo shoot for them, I said HELL YES. Because redemption. And I’m happy to say they never asked me to suck any thing in.

What do you like best about GladRags and reusable menstrual products? The Moon Cup has changed my whole perspective about what I’m putting IN my body. I love that I’m no longer inserting mystery chemicals and synthetic materials into my vagina.  I mean, how scary is that?  Give me washable silicone or latex any day.  I also really love how I don’t have to worry about changing anything every couple of hours.

Tell us one funny period story!  Well, that will take way too long.  I wrote it for you on my blog instead.



Name: Kate
Age: 21
Occupation: Full time student / college admission intern

What was modeling like? Pretty easy, actually! I was expecting it to be a little bit awkward but it felt really natural, and surprisingly quick.

What do you like best about GladRags and reusable menstrual products? Besides being easy to use, GladRags are really pretty. I’m all about period positivity and they make getting my period more fun. Plus, the reduced environmental impact of reusables means a lot to me– I’m an environmental studies major, so I think a lot about how to reduce the amount of trash we all make!

Tell us one funny period story! A few years ago my partner and I were at his mother’s house, fooling around on her very nice white couch… and of course, I got my period and left a huge red stain on the pristine white cushion! We flipped the cushion, and luckily she got a new couch before ever noticing. Close one!



Name: Rujuta
Age: 42
Occupation: Public Health/Social Justice

What was modeling like? Easier than I thought. The lovely women of GladRags were so great to work with.

What do you like best about GladRags and reusable menstrual products? Knowing that I’m not putting toxic things in my body, and then trashing the environment with them after I’m done.

Tell us one funny period story! When I first got my period in 7th or 8th grade, I freaked out and wanted to stay home from school. My mom didn’t know how to handle it, so she contacted the school counselor, who happened to be a socially awkward 70 year old man. He called me into his office and we had “a talk.” Thanks, mom?!

Thanks to all of our wonderful models for helping us spread the word about reusables! We love taking pictures of real people who love our products. If you live in Portland and want to be considered for our next photoshoot, get in touch!


kateAbout the author of this post:
Kate is a summer intern at GladRags, and a feminist with a passion for period positivity. She starts her senior year at Reed College this fall, where she’ll write her thesis on climate change policy.


I have a confession to make: I have sneezed with such force while in a grocery store that I peed. I PEED. Just a little bit, but enough for me to frantically whisper at my boyfriend, “look at my pants! did I just pee myself?!?” in the aisle of QFC. This incident definitely ranks in one of my top five embarrassing stories (although judging by the frequency with which I tell it, you’d probably never guess).

Many of us are aware that pregnancy, along with all of its other effects on the female body, can cause what we quaintly call “leakage.” The icing on my mortification cake is this: I was not, nor have I ever been, pregnant. My sneeze-pee in the candy aisle of the grocery store was a wake up call.

Urinary incontinence affects twice as many women as men, and the most common form is stress incontinence (aka leaking when you sneeze, dance, laugh, etc). Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can all contribute to stress incontinence, which affects millions of women in the U.S.

Many of our customers, in fact, use GladRags as daily backup against stress incontinence. Cloth pantyliners are a much better alternative than plastic disposables, especially if you’re wearing them daily. The adhesives of disposable pantyliners are a known vulvar skin irritant, and the cost can really stack up when they’re used every day.

Our shipping manager, Eliana, recently quipped “Do you want your GladRags to retire when you do? Then do your Kegels.” Doing your Kegels (aka pelvic floor exercises) is one of the simplest, least invasive ways to prevent stress incontinence, but they must be done correctly to be effective. To perform pelvic floor exercises, squeeze the muscles in your pelvic area as if you were trying to stop the flow of urine. Only squeeze your pelvic muscles — avoid clenching your stomach, legs, or butt. And of course there is no substitute for visiting your medical caregiver for proper instructions!

Trying to get into a pelvic floor exercise routine is kind of daunting for a newbie, especially when you’re not sure if you’re doing them correctly. When the kind folks at Minna Life generously offered to send me their new kGoal exerciser to try out, I jumped at the opportunity!

The kGoal is unique in that it provides real-time feedback: this little device buzzes when squeezed, so you know you’re using the right muscles. It also connects wirelessly to your phone or tablet so that you can complete ‘workouts,’ which are then scored in the areas of strength, endurance, and control. One of the workouts feels more like a game —  you squeeze and release to allow different shapes to pass through a threshold, leveling up as your strength, control, and endurance improve — which makes the thought of doing pelvic floor exercises way less boring.

The one feature I’d love to see would be to allow users to ‘challenge’ their friends on the app — my pal Erika (read her kGoal review here) and I would like an easier way to report our vagina strength to one another! — but I get that most people are probably not anxiously awaiting this feature. Otherwise, the app and device have run smoothly and intuitively for me every time. It’s still not second nature for me to remember to do my workout, but I’ve practiced more with the kGoal than any other pelvic floor exercise aid.

We’ve partnered with Minna Life to offer a special giveaway for GladRags readers. Use the widget below to enter to win your very own kGoal and a 7-pack of your choice of GladRags cloth pantyliners.*

Enter The Giveaway Here

*winner may choose any combo of seven standard Pantyliners, Thong Pantyliners, or Pantyliner Plus in natural organic cotton or their favorite print. View all pantyliner options here.




not impossible to shop ethically

There’s an article making the rounds on Facebook this week about the “myth of the ethical shopper.” In it, the author tells us why consumer advocacy campaigns and “voting with your dollar” don’t work. What he ignores is one important point: like most things in life, this isn’t an all-or-nothing game.

When you choose to eat healthfully, does one slice of pizza negate a month’s worth of fresh fruits and vegetables? Of course not. When you shop ethically, the fact that you have not single-handedly solved the global garment industry’s problems does not mean your choice didn’t matter. While we do need to take a hard look at the global policies that create horrific working conditions for workers, I’m a firm believer that one life matters. If your purchase (or lack of purchase!) changed one individual’s life for the better, I’m for it. And I hope you are too.

“Shopping ethically” has certainly become trendy, and it’s difficult as a consumer to make choices that align with our own values. Like all-natural or sustainable, we’ve entered into some serious buzzword territory, and it’s often difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Below you’ll find the standards by which I shop. They make work for you; they may not. I encourage you to create your own roadmap for shopping ethically, and to remember that being a force for good in this world is never impossible–it’s just not always easy.

1. Define ethical.

Everyone’s definition of ethical is different. For some, choosing vegan products is the most important. For others, vegan isn’t even on the radar. And ethics aren’t static — they’ll change with new information. Sometimes it really is a matter of the lesser of two evils — or, to put it positively, a step in the right direction!

2. Read labels. Ask questions. Then ask more questions.

You might see on a product label that something is ethically produced or natural — but what does that mean? You won’t know until you ask. Any company that really works toward an ethical goal will be happy to answer your questions. Small brands are often easier to work with than larger ones in this respect. For example, everyone who works at GladRags knows exactly where our products are cut and sewn (and have probably even had lunch with the people who made your pads).

3. Look for certifications that are meaningful.

If you know what you care about — where it’s made, how it’s made, what it’s made of — you can look for certifications that measure a company’s impact in that area. Be careful: some certifications can be attained by jumping through hoops and following the letter of the law, without the spirit. Personally, I look for certified Benefit Corporations. It’s a tough certification to earn — I should know, GladRags has gone through certification twice! —  and is holistic enough that a company can’t do well in one area (like making organic products) while simultaneously ignoring something else (like pay equity).

4. Consume less or buy used.

Simply put, the easiest way to become an ethical shopper is to shop less. Buying used or bartering with friends doesn’t bring new items into the waste stream, and reduces the need for more production. Buy only what you need, choose items that will last for years, and care for those items well.

Yes, shopping ethically is more work than giving up. But your choices and your actions matter. Never, ever doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

The idea of making next to zero trash can seem incredibly daunting to many people. When most of everything we consume comes packaged and wrapped, the idea of living a zero-waste lifestyle doesn’t seem possible. What most people don’t realize is that many of the steps towards reducing one’s trash are actually incredibly easy and money-saving!

If you have ever been curious about how you can shrink your trash footprint and live life a whole lot greener, than keep reading as I dispel the common myths of living a zero-waste life!

3 myths about zero waste living

Myth #1: I have to be 100% trash-free.

First we have to ask ourselves, “why is there trash in the first place?” The reason: poor design, and poor recovery. Currently, the way most goods are produced falls into linear production model. In general, that means products are designed and manufactured to not be recaptured and put cycled back into the production system. Basically, goods are made, consumed, and then disposed (another new addition to the landfill family). This linear production economy equals trash and avoiding it 100% of the time—unfortunately— is just not realistic. Even the best zero-wasters still produce bits of trash. Don’t beat yourself up if you make some trash. The goal is to become an empowered, informed, and conscious consumer! By voting with our dollar we put the heat on industries to design goods to be fully recoverable, which means every part of the product can be introduced back into the cycle once again.

The term “zero waste” is an industrial term. It is the opposite of the current linear production system we are all a part of. A zero-waste economy is one where design, manufacturing, consuming, and recapture are all on the same page for recovery. We call this a circular economy.

Again, the best we can do is be super-empowered consumers and avoid as much trash as possible by flexing our consumer muscles and making choices which drastically eliminate needless waste. This way we send a powerful message to companies to make shifts in how their product is designed and recovered.

The zero waste lifestyle is not about perfection; some trash will happen!


Myth #2: It’s expensive to have a zero-waste lifestyle.

The illusion of a greener lifestyle is that it’s more expensive, but in our family we have saved money! Because we simplified our wants and needs, decluttered, and have bought less packaged products and foods we have eliminated so many common purchases. For example, we no longer buy paper towels, napkins, tissues, plastic baggies, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, razor blades, and pre-packaged foods. Instead, we have durable and lasting reusable products.

We even save money by eliminating the need to buy cleaning and personal care products by making our own from simple and inexpensive ingredients. Even just hang-drying our clothes has saved us nearly $50 from our monthly energy bill! That’s $600 dollars a year! For the ladies, by choosing reusable menstrual pads and cups, you’ll save roughly $90 dollars a year! It all adds up!

When you move from a disposable lifestyle to a reusable lifestyle you clear out the unnecessary items and waste from life and make room for better health, less stress, and less need to buy things we don’t actually need. Instead, we look for meaningful experiences rather than stuff.


Myth #3: Changing my habits won’t really make a difference.

“Does it really make a difference?” is the one question I get asked the most. While it seems as though all of your efforts go to waste every time you pass an overflowing trash can, we are all in this together and we all inspire change through our individual actions. One of my favorite quotes says: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale


AndreaSandersPhotoAbout the author of this post:

Andrea Sanders lives in Boulder, Colorado where she helps individuals, families, and businesses reduce their environmental impact. Learn more about Andrea and her zero waste mission at www.bezero.co. She shares daily zero-waste inspiration on Instagram (@BeZeroWasteGirl).

2 ways to wash cloth

When people first start using GladRags, they’re often worried about cleaning them. Do I have to do anything special? Is cleaning them hard? We’re here to put all those concerns to rest! Cleaning your cloth pads is super easy, and there’s more than one right way to do it. While stains might happen, there are easy ways to prevent them. But rest assured, even if there’s light staining, once laundered your cloth pads are indeed clean and sanitary! Here are two cleaning methods we like:

The Relaxed Method:

Use a washing machine and dryer, and wash your cloth pads with all of your other dirty laundry, like usual. Cold water is best for combatting stains (and better for the environment!), and a low heat on the dryer will keep your pads from shrinking and wearing out prematurely.


You can even wash ’em at a laundromat! (Though we can’t guarantee the guy next to you won’t be a little weirded out.) Pro-tip to Portlanders: visit our friends at Spin Laundry, an eco-friendly laundromat with its own attached cafe.



The Hands-On Method:

You can hand-wash your cloth pads in your sink, with some gentle soap. You can also pre-soak with Bac-Out or Buncha Farmers to keep odors and stains away.IMG_1169

You can even air-dry them on a clothesline! The sun will naturally bleach any stains, and it’s more energy-efficient than machine-drying.


Either way, they’ll end up snug and dry in your underwear drawer until your next cycle! Easy as that.


Be sure to check out our posts on how to use reusables in a public restroom, or our tips for making your cloth pads last longer!


kateAbout the author of this post:
Kate is a summer intern at GladRags, and a feminist with a passion for period positivity. She starts her senior year at Reed College this fall, where she’ll write her thesis on climate change policy.