Lynette Medley and Nya McGlone are a mother-daughter duo from Philadelphia that began delivering free menstrual products to Philly women door-to-door three years ago. They started delivering the products at night in order to respect the privacy of the women served.
However, the word of their mission to end period povery spread out quickly, people started to ask them to take photos with them and post them on Instagram.
Now they’ve gained so much popularity that they’re considered Philadelphia heroes.
Not only that, but the compassion and comfort the 51-year-old Medley and 29-year-old McGlone bring to discussions about menstruation and perioud poverty helps a lot of women feel more comfortable talking about menstruation too.
This is what Medley told Inquirer:
“I think the difference in our approach is that we provide dignity to our communities. We do not give them pity because in my mind we should not have to do this work. I cry because I can’t believe this is something they have to ask for, to beg for — a pad or a tampon.”
The two have been running their nonprofit No More Secrets: Mind Body Spirit, Inc for years, and they will finally open The SPOT Period in Germantown, Philadelphia.
This is believed to be America’s first menstrual hub.
The SPOT stands for Safety Programming for Optimal Transformation, and it’s entirely funded through community donations. It offers services such as free menstrual and hygiene products, educational resources and seminars, access to clean water and toilets, a computer room, first period kits, and a Breonna Taylor safe room for marginalized women to escape the dangers of the world.
The SPOT will be a safe and welcoming place for every woman, and a place where people can have open conversations about menstrual hygiene.
The mother-daughter duo will continue their deliveries and they hope that they’ll get a van one day to support their on-the-ground work so they can service even more people.
“When we started, we had no idea where we were going to go and how it would manifest into being. Everything happened because of our community.” – Medley concludes.