A party for your period? You know you can count us in. The inaugural PDX Red Party is kicking off this Saturday, May 28 to celebrate global Menstrual Hygiene Day, and we almost want to hop a red-eye from NYC just to catch it. The party is being hosted by Periodic. Inc., a great Portland-based organization co-founded by Tiffany Prescott and her sister Cheyenne Prescott. Their mission: to make an impact by raising awareness, reducing the stigma and boosting education around menstruation. You can count us in for that, too!
For our latest Cycledork Spotlight, we had the pleasure of checking in with Tiffany over email about the inspiration behind starting Periodic. Inc., why Menstrual Hygiene Day is such an important event locally and around the world, and what awesomeness to expect at the first PDX Red Party—hint: raffles, swag, and prizes! Read on.
How did Periodic. Inc. get started? Was there a notable moment you decided it was time to start your own organization?
Tiffany: Periodic. Inc. actually started with the initial idea for PDX Red Party. My sister and I were searching for Menstrual Hygiene Day events in our area and were disappointed because there weren’t any listed. I turned to her and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had an event for this here in Portland? Wait, wouldn’t it be cool if we threw the event?” That unleashed this flow of ideas and excitement for us. We started talking about our idea for PDX Red Party and we received an outpouring of support from our community. That support really challenged us to start thinking about what comes next for our work and it was in those conversations that Periodic. Inc. was born.
What’s your vision for the Periodic. Inc., in the present and beyond?
Our hope is to keep up the momentum after PDX Red Party. We have been so fortunate to connect with so many great organizations locally, nationally, and globally, and I think it’s important that we continue to find ways that we can continue to collaborate and boost the menstrual movement.
I think for the rest of the year, we really want to focus our efforts locally. Oregon has very little existing infrastructure for Menstrual Hygiene Management, and we want to figure out what is most needed in our community, and then partner with various organizations to implement solutions.
Tell us more about the PDX Red Party!
PDX Red Party is really just a big menstruation wellness fair! We have invited several organizations related to menstruation and health to come out and showcase their products and services in a fun and interactive way. We’ll have games, food, music, swag, and a big silent-auction style raffle. Every aspect of the fair is designed to reduce stigma, provide education, and raise awareness.
Who’s the party for?
This is the really exciting part: everyone is invited! We want everyone and their mother and their brother to come out and party with us! Menstruation impacts entire communities, and it is important that we include everyone in the conversation in order to achieve progress in the movement. The event is all ages and there truly is something for everyone.
It’s also important to note that the event is free, though there is an option to donate to our spotlight organization, Camions of Care, for those feeling so inclined.
You have some great participants lined up like GladRags and Veeda, and orgs like UnTabooed and Project Dot. Can you reveal any awesome silent auction items?
We have an organization making their brand debut at PDX Red Party, and they’re bringing along a raffle prize so we are really excited about that! I’m also super excited about a spa certificate that was donated. Who doesn’t love a little pampering?
Why is Menstrual Hygiene Day important to you and your mission?
Menstrual Hygiene Day is such an important global day of recognition because it allows us to be vocal about menstrual equity after centuries of silence! One of the goals WASH United has for MH Day is to engage partners across sectors to take action and advocate for menstrual equity. PDX Red Party is really embodying this by bringing local vendors together.
What’s next for Periodic. Inc.?
PDX Red Party is really just the beginning for Periodic. Inc.! We’re looking forward to making progress with education and policy in our hometown and state, and we’re looking forward to making Red Party an annual event. Hopefully in a few years we’ll see Red Parties popping up all over the globe!
If you’re in the Portland, OR area don’t miss the PDX Red Party this Saturday, May 28 12pm-3pm — free + all ages! More info about the event can be found here. Find out more about Periodic. Inc. here, and read more about Menstrual Hygiene Day here.