— Ella Lee (@eklee1103) May 16, 2019
This week, I spoke with Chicago Period Project founder and president Ashley Novoa. The idea for her organization was born on Nov. 8, 2016, after the tumultuous presidential election. She decided that day that she wanted to give back to the women of her city, and that providing them with menstrual care was the best way to do that.
She had heard of “period projects,” before, as one in New York had been picking up steam recently. Given her own experience with underfunded period needs, she decided that this was the way she could help the women of Chicago — young and old— with something they undoubtedly need.