Period. End of Sentence.
When the documentary film, Period. End of Sentence. won an Oscar in 2019, Melissa Berton — producer and founder of the non-profit The Pad Project — accepted the award by saying, “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” Inspired by the movie, New York Times bestselling author Anita Diamant has written a collection of essays about periods that explore the cultural roots of menstrual injustice, which erodes self-esteem, limits opportunities, and even threatens lives. The book also celebrates a new generation of activists and innovators who are working to end period poverty and stigma, and describes the brave new world of period products, advertising, art, and comedy. With a foreword by The Pad Project founder Melissa Berton.
- TITLE: Period. End of Sentence.
- PUBLISHER: Scribner
- RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2021
- ISBN13: 978-1982144289
THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES
2019 Academy Award- Winning Short Documentary PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE., screened across the U.S. at film festivals in 2018 winning numerous awards and premiered on Netflix in February 2019. Following the women of Kathikhera, a village outside of New Delhi, India, the film inspired people everywhere to think globally and recognize the impact young women can have to dispel the stigmas surrounding menstruation.
While the documentary took place in India, the book widens the lens to explore the issues surrounding menstruation across the globe, including the United States. With interviews from people on the frontlines—parents, teachers, medical professionals, and social-justice activists – Period. End of Sentence. illuminates the many ways menstrual injustice limits opportunities, erodes self-esteem and even threatens lives.
At a time when worldwide support for menstruators is gaining serious momentum, Period. End of Sentence. delivers a fact-filled, efficient breakdown of where we’ve been, where we are, and what work still needs to be done. As the movement moves beyond the screen, the Pad Project continues to work raising funds, awareness, and education for women and girls around the world.
“At the time that we embarked on what would become a six-year journey to complete the film Period. End of Sentence., we had no preparation, no plan, no path. What we did have was a group of committed young women who believed with all their hearts that periods should not shut doors to dreams but open them to adulthood in all its opportunities.”