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"Share an accomplishment that makes you feel proud.
Truly, out of anything I’ve done in my life, nothing makes me more proud than achieving what I have with The Peach Coven. I started this just because I wanted to help get some pads and tampons into the local shelters. I had no idea it’d blossom into this organization filled with so many wonderful folks, and that I’d donate over 20,000 menstrual hygiene items in these first six months.What does being a Southern woman mean to you?
Being a southern woman means, to me, being strong. There’s this, in my opinion, unrecognized power in Southern women. I feel the idea of a southern woman is a pretty sweetheart, barefoot and pregnant. But really being female in the South, we are warriors. We’re up against all the oppression of society with the added blocks of living in a region that generally likes women to “stay in line.” I love being a woman in the South. I love it because I love the South and I think that culturally women have played significantly more important roles down here than anyone, recognized or not.
What is one change Southerners could make to improve our current culture?
There’s a lot of policies that need to change to help our current culture. If I were to choose one it would be healthcare and family planning. Services that places like Planned Parenthood offer should be free to any person who’s unable to access health insurance or living at or under the poverty line. Safe abortion should be more readily accessible to any person who needs it. Though abortion is legal in GA, trap laws make it virtually impossible for more than a couple clinics to stay in operation. I think with actually accessible health care our current culture would improve significantly.
Has there been a defining moment that set you on your current life path?
I think that many different experiences combined guided me to my current path. Probably most significantly is that I come from a very matriarchal family, and watching the struggles my family faced growing up as a unit of women really tuned me into the struggles women face as a whole. As far as menstrual dignity and rights are concerned, that came about because I had read some articles about the void in menstrual care and decided that’s what I was going to dedicate myself to. I already felt passionate about better serving homeless communities, and once I read those articles it just clicked for me- helping as many people as I can experience a safe and protected period is a part of my purpose in life."