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Feminine Every Month (FEM Project LA) aims to destigmatize the period, and in doing so, provide menstrual supplies to homeless women in the Los Angeles area that most likely wouldn’t have access to the products otherwise. “FEM is a non-profit that aims to destigmatize the period while empowering women to own their femininity by providing menstrual supplies to homeless women in Los Angeles, California,” says Isabel. “We attempt to bridge communities by attracting a large variety of women of various ages to be proud of their period, instead of feeling ashamed, while providing decency to those who feel like getting their period is the most emotionally painful time of their month.” Added Grace, “FEM is about empowerment. It’s about empowering women to own their femininity by being open about their periods and contributing, helping, and reaching out to women who aren’t as lucky, to help to empower them and make their period a time that they aren’t ashamed of.” According to the FEM website, FEMProject.org, almost 47,000 women are homeless in Los Angeles. They simply do not have access to proper supplies, many being forced to make do with paper towels or makeshift paper products. Without proper supplies, says the site, “women risk infection and discomfort.” This organization has already helped to inform others of what homeless women go through, an issue that they felt really needed to be emphasized. “I had no idea that the homeless period was an issue, and I don’t think others realize either. It’s something that I really connect to because I complain about my own period, but I never took into perspective what others go through. Because it was an area that wasn’t covered, I thought we should make people aware,” said Grace. “I felt as though I had all these large aspirations in life, but they were all things that I couldn’t do right now as a 17-year-old. FEM is. It’s something that I can do now to solve an issue in my community,” said

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Isabel. “After holding the drive and raising over 3,000 supplies and seeing the impact we made, I didn’t see a reason to stop.” FEM is taking a stand to make this issue more well-known, through partnering with other organizations and being active on social media. “We have recently partnered with Lead Like Her to host an event where we will package menstrual supply kits,” says Isabel. Adds Grace, “We will connect with donors to supply menstrual products, as well as chocolate and other items to make it personable and bring smiles to the women that receive the kits.” Isabel and Grace aren’t stopping there. At their Downtown Women’s Center, they currently sponsor 25 women for six months at a time, and they plan on staying actively engaged with the community. “Our ultimate goal is to help as many people as possible. We want to build a lasting organization,” says Isabel. “We want to reach all of the women who would like to be involved and help all of those that need it,” adds Grace. --Isabel is passionate about human and women’s rights and has interned at Human Rights Watch and worked at Mendocino Farms. In the future, she wants to be an international human rights lawyer specializing in sex trafficking. She also has thoughts on opening a vocational school and primary school for girls and women who have been trafficked to keep them out of trafficking with micro-financing that will allow them to go to school. Grace has a love for both theater and the environment and has interned at 5 Gyres, an organization that helps to keep plastic out of the oceans. She wants to one day combine her love for theater and the arts with her passion for feminism and empowering women. Both girls attend Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences.

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