Bridget McManamon, founder of Herstory, will be speaking at 1 Million Cups virtual style on June 3 for YEA! Day. She will be highlighting the new project, Masks for Menstruation, at the event and it will be held from 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Bridget McManamon, founder of Herstory, is currently a rising Junior at Creighton University where she is studying Political Science and English on the Pre-Law track. Her passion for women’s health and empowerment reminds her that she doesn’t feel like this is her “job”. Something fun you might like to know about Bridget is she can lick her elbow! “Give it a try…it’s very hard” she says.
Herstory was founded by Bridget McManamon in 2016 when she was just sixteen years of age. Herstory’s beginning wasn’t too much of a surprise since Bridget’s passion for women’s issues and empowerment was obvious even at an early age. In addition, her early experiences of her own menstruation complications of a blood disorder and unmanageable periods, reminded her that she had the luxury of having the resources to manage her period when many other women do not. Between her passion, experiences, and empathetic reminders, Herstory was born. Bridget explains, “Herstory seeks to increase women and girls’ access to menstrual hygiene products and empower them to have a better understanding of their physical wellbeing.” Ultimately, Herstory is about making sure all women and girls have the access they need to manage their periods. Herstory wants to give women dignity and helping them feel empowered.
“Herstory’s primary focus is helping and empowering women through access to menstrual hygiene products. This is first done through the distribution of period product and hygiene kits to non-profit partners all throughout the Fargo Moorhead (40,000+ pads and tampons so far!). While our primary focus is local, Herstory also works with international organizations to improve menstrual hygiene, most recently with the Mariposa Foundation in the Dominican Republic where we piloted the distribution of menstrual cups as a more sustainable period management option. The other main way Herstory helps women and girls is by increasing access to menstrual hygiene products in schools and businesses, if toilet paper and hand soap are free in public restrooms, period products should be available too! So far over 20 local businesses have been outfitted with free period products and several school districts” Bridget expands.
Bridget will be speaking on June 1 from 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and she will be speaking about their new project, Masks for Menstruation, and their plan for it as the pandemic continues. The talk will take place virtually for YEA! Day and will feature another guest! Bridget thinks it’s important to speak at events like 1 Million Cups because it’s a great place to share her message and become a part of the amazing entrepreneur community in Fargo Moorhead!