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Women's Rights are Human Rights

Period. End of Sentence.

Mon / May 23 / 87th Street and Online

7:00 pm / Dialogue

8:00 pm / Book Signing

Melissa Berton, Anita Diamant, and Rabbi Koffman

Learn about the critical issue of menstrual care access and education, and get your book signed!

In the US and worldwide, millions of girls and women around the world face an end to their education and career advancement because of stigma surrounding menstruation and lack of access to safe and clean products. Award winning filmmaker Melissa Berton and best-selling author Anita Diamant will share stories of how the Pad Project, and organization initiated by Berton's Oscar-winning film and fueled by Diamant's companion book of the same name, Period. End of Sentence., collaborates with local communities to build agency, education, and opportunity, all toward a future when “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.”

Sponsored by the Women’s Network

The book Period. End of Sentence. will be available for sale at this event, and there will be a book signing to follow.

Melissa Berton is an educator, Academy Award-winning producer, and the founder of the Pad Project. Berton worked with her high-school students to produce a documentary to raise awareness about menstrual health and education worldwide, leading to a 2019 Oscar win for Best Documentary Short Period. End of Sentence. 


Anita Diamant is a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction, including five guidebooks to contemporary Jewish life, and the New York Times best-selling novel The Red Tent. She is also the founding president of Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center in Newton Massachusetts.

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