The cross-country riders have united at last. We are together, and the period party is just beginning. Rosie, Ruby, Sarah W, Rachels H & S, and Olive are together in New York City in the last throngs of their bicycle journey. Boston is under 300 miles away, and it is hard to believe the proximity. 300 miles. A distance that, not so very long ago seemed daunting to cycle across now seems like a hop scotch away. It is amazing what a long-distance journey will do to a small group of women.
We wish you a Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day! We will celebrate this young holiday tonight in NYC at the Delancey Lounge on the lower east side. MHD was created to “raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management for women and adolescent girls” all around the world. The taboos and discomfort about menstruation that Sustainable Cycles has observed across the country is a part of a pervasive “period negative” culture that “limits women’s and adolescent girls’ access to relevant and important information about their bodies, directly affecting their health, education, and human rights”. We are excited to be a part of the movement to change the culture from negative to positive. Our workshops have been full of supportive menstruators and allies brave enough to ask the questions that are well overdue.
We have ridden our bicycles thousands of miles. We have facilitated over two dozen workshops across the country. We have distributed over 200 menstrual cups. From California and Key West to New York City, we have “started the discussion” every 60 miles or so with the kind people we met all across the United States. We have disagreed with one another, we’ve spit snarky comments, we’ve cried, laughed, sweated, bled, stretched, massaged, supported, talked and listened to, and cycled together. We have created a sisterhood of cyclists. And we are excited to continue our adventure as we cycle to the SMCR conference next week.
Thank you to those who have helped and continue to help us in our journey of self-exploration and sisterhood. We have found the people of this country to be helpful, generous, welcoming, and caring. On a freezing rainy day, the home of a kind stranger is all the home we need.
You go girls :) Its always amazing to hear what you are doing out there on the road :) I love it, I love your style and attitude and I love what you are saying about MHD! Love and Smiles, Jane x
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Hello Lovely People!
I first heard about this group of incredible women from Jessamijn over at Eco Femme a few weeks ago; she loves ‘Sustainable Cycles’ and what they stand for.
I do too!! I want to be out there on the road with these women RIGHT NOW it looks like so much fun (except the only drawback for me is I’m not a bike fan….!)
For anyone who doesn’t know, these women cycle round the states with a stash of menstrual cups, speaking to everyone they meet about eco-friendly ways for menstrual hygiene, and they have amazing adventures along the way! This is Eco-Activism on the road and I LOVE IT!
It reminded Jessamijn of my own plans to take my menstrual cycle workshops and trusty set of cloth pads on the road…..Yes, the ‘Magical Menstrual Tour’ is all set, States bound, in early 2016!
All I can say to you women at Sustainable Cycles (Inspired choice of name by the way!) is it was a joy finding out about you, and it is utterly amazing that I will be following in your footsteps soon (only without a bike!). Have great times, and it was wonderful to hear that you were celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day too :) Thanks for what you do.
To everyone who follows WWW and who is reading this, I hope you find these women as inspiring as I do, and that you follow their blog too :) and that you have a wonder-day!