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Twitter: @diandrakalish , @untabooed
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Gin and ginger with lots of lime
Tea or Coffee?
Bloom of choice?
What's your background/career, where you grew up, school?
I grew up in a small town in Southwestern Vermont. I attended Bard College where I studied Child Development Psychology. After graduating, I moved to Quito Ecuador, where I taught English for 9 months before returning to the US and settling in New York City. I worked for two educational nonprofits before starting my own, UnTabooed, in May 2015. Currently I serve as the Executive Director of UnTabooed, and the middle school debate coach at NEST+M in the Lower East Side.
What's your biggest success so far?
I was invited (after self-nominating ;) ) to attend the United State of Women Summit hosted by The White House in Washington DC earlier this year. It was an absolutely incredible day with leaders and advocates from all sectors coming together to strive for gender equality for women and girls.
What's your favorite thing about being a Lady Project member?
I love meeting and learning from other women. The meetups and events make an awesome way to network, and stay connected!
What is the biggest challenge in your industry?
The biggest challenge in my industry has been breaking through a taboo topic with a taboo solution. UnTabooed is committed to breaking the taboo surrounding menstruation by providing menstrual health education and sustainable menstrual products to women in need, and promoting conversation among people everywhere. People are reluctant to talk about periods, but slowly a wave of menstrual activism has started to change that. Now we are talking about periods, and even about challenges that women are facing with access to menstrual products. However, we still haven’t fully crossed over into a space where alternative and reusable menstrual products are the norm. I’ve seen people jump behind projects to support pad and tampon drives, but have much less enthusiasm about UnTabooed, though we are providing the added benefit of menstrual health education, and a more economically and environmentally sustainable solution. It’s a double whammy of two things people don’t like to talk about.
Is your business involved with any community groups?
Yes! We off our one hour educational workshops and product distribution on a sliding scale to shelters, community centers and community groups, colleges, women’s networks, really anyone and everyone!