The goal is to make as much noise about periods as it takes to normalize the conversation, and draw attention to under-prioritized menstrual hygiene needs. Helping menstruators ask for and gain access to what they need to take care of their periods encourages a sense of agency, thereby allowing them to participate fully in society.
How did RACKET come to be?
Co-founders Margo Seibert and Caroline Angell are old pals from their college days. They were volunteering together on Wednesday evenings for a neighborhood dinner program on the Upper East Side when they came across an article in the Huffington Post (January 2015) outlining the challenges of the homeless period. They decided to speak to some of the dinner program guests about their access to menstrual hygiene products.
Through conversation and research, they discovered that menstrual hygiene products were not considered essential by (mostly non-menstruating) policymakers, and that the cultural taboos surrounding menstruation itself were still deeply embedded.
Since making those discoveries, RACKET has been on a mission to blow the conversation wide open and take shame out of periods once and for all.
What can I do to help the mission?
Host your own RacketDrive! Anyone can do it, anywhere in the country. Click HERE for all the information you need to begin.
Donate to RACKET.
When I donate to RACKET online, why am I redirected to a church’s website?
The Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, supports the work of RACKET in many ways, including as a fiscal sponsor. 100% of donations designated to RACKET are used for RACKET’s operations, and are fully tax-deductible, due to the non-profit status of the church.
How will my money or in-kind donated materials be used?
Monetary donations are primarily used for the purchasing and transportation of menstrual hygiene products. Other miscellaneous uses include creative campaigns, website maintenance, and office supplies. The RACKET community gathers periodically (ha!) to package up your donated menstrual hygiene supplies into kits, which will then be distributed to people who need them through one of our partner organizations.
How is RACKET part of the bigger picture?
Menstrual Equity, a term coined by writer and activist Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, is the argument that the inability to afford or manage menstruation should not hold anyone back from educational opportunities or full societal participation. The Menstrual Equity movement has been gaining cultural traction in state and local legislation and national media outlets. NPR dubbed 2015 “the year of the period,” and the movement even got a shout-out from President Obama. RACKET co-founder Margo Seibert led the class action lawsuit in New York State that helped to remove the “tampon tax.” The New York City Council passed legislation in 2016 to provide free access to menstrual hygiene products in all city schools, shelters, and correctional facilities, inviting RACKET to be part of the roundtable discussions leading up to the Mayor’s signing of the bill into law.
Where can I learn more about Menstrual Equity?
RACKET has received additional support from Period Piece, The Interval, KB Jones and the Kontraband, Hachette Book Group, Little, Brown, and Company, Women's Project Theatre , Girls Pint Out, greyhealth group, Everyday Inferno Theatre Company, Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Ali Forney Center, CHiPs, Guerrilla Lit, & Care2