In 2016, my reporting on female homelessness sparked a law in the New York legislature that provides free pads and tampons to city shelters; a bill in Congress that would allow people to pay for feminine hygiene products with their flexible spending accounts; and a vote by FEMA that permitted shelters to purchase menstrual products with grant funds.
Here's the podcast episode I co-produced with WFYI's Jake Harper and Bram Sable-Smith for Sick about my Al Jazeera America story on menstruation and homeless women. Following the story's publication and an advocacy campaign led by Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, Kiran Gandhi, and Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, the N.Y. City Council adopted a bill that provided free pads and tampons at shelters, public schools and prisons.
Sick is a podcast about the things that can happen to our bodies — and how we respond. Edited by Carmel Wroth.