Years ago, a girl in Kenya named Purity told me she would stay home from school during her period because she couldn’t afford sanitary pads, and I haven’t stopped thinking about her since.
While traveling throughout developing countries, I saw how menstruation negatively affects girls and women who are poor. Unable to afford menstrual products, they resort to using old rags, newspaper, animal dung and tree bark—even pieces of old mattress—all of which can cause infections and reproductive health problems, not to mention humiliating leaks.
100 million girls globally lack access to adequate menstrual products.
Later, when I learned that many feminine products sold in the U.S. contain substances that are potentially harmful to our health, like synthetics and pesticides linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, and other devastating illnesses, I became afraid for my own health and the well-being of my sisters, friends and the women I love.
I knew there had to be a better future for us all. I knew that we deserved better, and that it didn't need to be this way.
Cora is creating that future—one in which your period is neither embarrassing in your own mind, nor difficult to manage out in the world. As a Cora member, you can be certain that your tampons are the best for your body. You can experience what its like to manage your period in a way that fits your life. And for every monthly supply of Cora you purchase, we give a supply of menstrual products to a girl in need—so she can do anything during her period too.
Welcome to the future of womanhood,