46 minutes | May 6th 2019

#32 Period. End of Sentence: Empowered Women Empower Women

Erin speaks with educator and producer Melissa Berton, alongside two of her students, Maggie Brown and Mason Maxam. After learning about menstrual inequity in the developing world, Melissa and her class created an organization called The Pad Project and made a documentary about women in India overcoming the cultural stigma surrounding menstruation. Their documentary "Period. End of Sentence." went on to win Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Academy Awards, and has since sparked a global conversation about women’s rights and menstrual equity. As Melissa declared in her acceptance speech at the Oscars — a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education. Show Notes The Pad Project: www.thepadproject.org Trailer for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdlKervJ0-Y Oscar Acceptance Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wap5W4v_B_g Press - Newsweek: https://tinyurl.com/yx9pbthm New Yorker: https://tinyurl.com/yykj7gzw LA Times: https://tinyurl.com/yyuwcc5l "Period. End of Sentence." is now available to stream on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81074663 Support the production of the Freedom Writers Podcast by donating here: http://www.freedomwritersfoundation.org/index.php/donate
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