Promoting Menstrual Equity. Ending Period Poverty & the Stigma Around Menstruation

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About.

A menstrual equity nonprofit organization combatting period poverty one period package at a time, through community distribution and comprehensive legislation.

Red Equity‘s mission is to serve as a guiding organization for people or entities passionate about ending period poverty, diminishing the stigma around menstruation, and promoting menstrual equity.

Co-Founders and Executive Directors Abbie McAdams (left) and Samantha Glover (right)

Co-Founders of Red Equity. Executive Director Abbie McAdams (left) and Policy Director Samantha Glover (right)

18-year-old Abbie McAdams (Freshman at the University of Denver studying International Studies and Public Policy) and 16-year-old Samantha Glover (rising Junior at Davidson Academy) started Red Equity to combat period poverty and promote menstrual equity. After being connected by a mutual friend and becoming aware of the severity of period poverty, the two looked for an organization to support; specifically, one combating period poverty without contributing to the nonprofit industrial complex and one that had inclusive and equitable access for advocates to get involved. They realized there were few organizations championing the three pillars now held by Red Equity: distribution of period products, advocacy for legislation, and conversational advocacy to end the stigma around menstruation. Red Equity is committed to implementing sustainable solutions to the inaccessibility of period products facing menstruators nation-wide.

Anyone can get involved with Red Equity by 1) supporting/donating to a product drive or attending a distribution day,  2) doing a period package project (less commitment than starting a branch, but still impacts one’s community with a short-lived project), or 3) starting a branch of Red Equity (includes upholding all 3 pillars – legislative, distribution, conversational.) We hope that Red Equity keeps evolving and gaining more advocates; we are confident these advocates help keep us accountable and bring new ideas. The TOP Organic Project is a wonderful example: check out TOP’s mission at toporganicproject.com and see why we work so closely with their team, to increase equity in the safety of our products. TOP is making our impact more sustainable with their organic products and their innovative intertwinement of social justice with profit.

With 25,000 products distributed in the first 4 months, 30,000 by 6 months, and 50,000 products by June, we are now nearing 100,000 products distributed to menstruators across the nation.

Reno (Nevada Branch) & Denver (Colorado Branch) – The two branches where Red Equity was founded.
San Diego (Southern California Branch)
Tulsa (Oklahoma Branch) as well as a DC Branch.

Board Members

Kari Eckert(left) & Leticia Anderson(right)

Meet the Team.

Abbie McAdams (she/her)
Abbie McAdams (she/her)Executive Director & Co-Founder
Along with managing the operations within CO & DC, Co-Founder of Red Equity Abbie McAdams serves as Executive Director managing all operations between the 5 branches.
Samantha Glover (she/her)
Samantha Glover (she/her)Policy Director & Co-Founder
Along with managing the operations within NV, Co-Founder of Red Equity Samantha Glover serves as Policy Director. Sam wrote, introduced, and passed AB224 in Nevada (2020-2021) and is currently spearheading legislation across the nation
Talia Cardin (they/them)
Talia Cardin (they/them)Marketing Director
Along with managing the operations within CO as Colorado Distribution Coordinator, Talia works around the clock managing Red Equity social media of all 5 branches.
Anna Sparling (she/her)
Anna Sparling (she/her)Affiliate Program Coordinator
Anika Obrecht (she/her)
Anika Obrecht (she/her)Director of Donations & Partnership
Josie Butte(she/her) & Layla Curley(she/her)
Josie Butte(she/her) & Layla Curley(she/her)Southern California Distribution Coordinators
As Distribution Coordinators for Southern California Josie and Layla operate out of Encinitas and oversee all assembly and distribution for the SoCal branch.
Maggie Cope (she/her)
Maggie Cope (she/her)DC Distribution Coordinator
As Distribution Coordinator for District of Columbia Maggie operates out of Georgetown alongside Abbie and oversees all assembly and distribution in the branch.
Carrie DeBarger (she/her)
Carrie DeBarger (she/her)Nevada Distribution Coordinator
As Distribution Coordinator for Nevada Carrie operates out of Reno alongside Samantha and oversees all assembly and distribution in the branch.
Abigail Chow (she/her)
Abigail Chow (she/her)Oklahoma Distribution Coordinator
As Distribution Coordinator for Oklahoma Abigail operates out of Tulsa and oversees all assembly and distribution in the branch.
Mayerli Lopez (she/her)
Mayerli Lopez (she/her)Colorado Assistant Coordinator
As one of Colorado’s Assistant Coordinators Mayerli operates out of Denver alongside Talia and assists with all assembly and distribution in the branch.
Dhiona Rosales (she/her)
Dhiona Rosales (she/her)Colorado Assistant Coordinator
As one of Colorado’s Assistant Coordinators Dhiona operates out of Denver alongside Talia and assists with all assembly and distribution in the branch.

Founding Circle.

Our Founding Circle donors have contributed $500 or more. They are making the commitment to ensure our work continues. We appreciate and thank them (and every one) for their support!
  • The Cushman Neal Family

  • Nevada NOW

    National Organization for Women of Nevada Logo

Ways to Help.

If you are interested in joining the fight to combat period poverty there are several ways you can help!

All products donated will go directly to the assembly of period packages, which contain all products needed for one menstrual cycle. These packages will be distributed to menstruators in the Reno community that are unable to access menstrual products due to socioeconomic or social reasons. *

Colorado donate here!

Washington DC donate here!

California donate here!

Oklahoma donate here!

Nevada donate here!

Select here to make a donation and help us continue our efforts!

Donate

We gladly welcome period products at our drop off location in Reno Nevada!

Address: The Holland Project located at ​140 Vesta St, Reno, NV 89502. [Map]

Not from Nevada, Colorado, Southern California, District of Columbia, or Oklahoma and want to make a direct impact on your community?

Start a Red Equity Period Package Project!

Creating and distributing period packages in your community is a great way to start combating period poverty! Before you begin creating these period packages, the first step of this process is to schedule a meeting with Red Equity’s executive team.

We are available on Sunday’s 8-9 P.M. EST. During this Zoom meeting, you will introduce yourself and team, describe your goals, determine a timeline for assembly and distribution of bags, and ask questions. Below is our guide that we provide to anyone interested in joining this project: creating packages with all the required materials needed for 1 menstrual cycle and distributing them to your community.

* Red Equity is a 501(c3) organization

Instagram: @redequity @redequityco @redequitynevada @redequitysocal @redequityok @redequitydc.

Menstrual Equity Coalition.

The Colorado Menstrual Equity Coalition was founded by Red Equity to streamline community organizing and social entrepreneurship to combat social issues while avoiding contributing, or further contributing, to the nonprofit industrial complex.
  • The Colorado Menstrual Equity Coalition is composed of educators, legislators, Non-profits, product companies, and many other advocates for menstrual equity.
  • Join the Coalition as a nonprofit or an individual stakeholder today! Attendance of monthly meetings and reports on ongoing menstrual equity efforts are encouraged from members.
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Red Equity’s Executive Director, Abbie McAdams, sits as Coalition Chair.


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Contact.

Red Equity’s mission is to serve as a guiding organization for people or entities passionate about ending period poverty, the stigma around menstruation and promoting menstrual equity.
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