Gloria Steinem to Receive 1st ‘Making Menstruation Matter’ Award

The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research conference planning committee is pleased to announce that Gloria Steinem has been chosen to receive the first Making Menstruation Matter Award.

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Making Menstruation Matter Award— a new award 40 years in the making

September 3, 2012

In June of 2013, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR) will hold its 20th biennial conference, continuing its focus for over 40 years on facilitating interdisciplinary research toward a broader understanding of the menstrual cycle in the context of women’s health over the lifespan. To mark the occasion, the Society has created the Making Menstruation Matter Award. This award recognizes a journalist, activist, artist, public figure or organization that has meaningfully contributed to the public understanding of menstrual cycle-related issues. The intention of the award is to honor and encourage thoughtful dialogue about the menstrual cycle beyond the academy.

As a writer and feminist activist, Ms. Steinem’s contributions to eradicate sexism and promote social justice have been widely acknowledged. Among the many issues she has raised for reconsideration in the public dialogue, she was bold enough to call attention to the menstrual cycle in her 1978 article published in Ms Magazine, “If Men Could Menstruate.” With tongue in cheek, she was able to break the menstrual taboo of concealment, and in doing so, gave a kind of social permission to discuss this taboo topic further.  Readers could also infer from her satiric reversal that menstruation was only problematic when women did it.

At the same time that this article was published, our Society was forming.  Now some 40 years later, it seems most appropriate to honor the bravery Ms. Steinem has shown throughout her career in articulating and calling attention to the details of women’s experiences, broadly considered.  “The intersection of her lifetime achievements and our Society’s interests, is no doubt, an example of how far-reaching Ms. Steinem’s work has extended. For our part, we want to let her know that her work has and continues to energize ours.  And we know there are others who, like us, have been and are similarly inspired by Ms. Steinem to continue to work in their own ways to enhance the quality of girls’ and women’s lives.”—Peggy Stubbs, SMCR President.

SMCR will present the award to Gloria Steinem on Thursday, June 6th during the 20th biennial conference, to be held in NYC (June 6-8 2012). Details on the conference and the call for papers will be made available in early September at

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.