THE ISSUE:

Only 12% of young girls and women in the world have access to feminine hygiene products.

Deemed "luxury items", we believe these essentials should be available to all women, no matter their situation.

 

What Do We Do?

FLOW collects new feminine hygiene products of all shapes, sizes, and brands. Our goal is to make women in shelters more comfortable during their time of the month. We feel that with proper hygiene and care, women feel confident and empowered to lead better lives.

At FLOW, we recognize that periods are an incredibly taboo subject in today’s society and that is why part of our mission is to change that. At some point in time women and young girls were given the idea that menstruating is embarrassing and shameful. We have given periods code names like Aunt Flo, T.O.M, monthly visitor, etc. because it has become inappropriate to even use the word period. Now imagine being a woman and knowing the stigma associated with periods in general coupled with not having access to feminine hygiene products.

This is a problem that millions of women (this includes young girls) right here in the United States face each month. Without access to proper care they are forced to use articles of clothing to line their pants, which often leads to infection.

Somehow, as a society we have managed to overlook this serious problem, that must stop now. The government grants shelters money each year to purchase condoms, because they are “essential items.” However, shelters receive zero government funding to cover the cost of feminine hygiene products because they have been deemed “luxury” items. For women in shelters tampons have actually become a luxury item, and that is unacceptable. We can change that, and together we will change that. For the Love Of Women is run by a group of people that firmly believe in the power of kindness. Join us.

 

 

THE GLOBAL PICTURE

There are 62 million girls in the world that do not have access to education. Of the girls fortunate enough to have access to an education, it is not a simple undertaking in many countries. In Uganda a woman’s menstrual period is often referred to as “the week of shame.”  During this week girls miss school and are forced to line their pants with whatever clothing they may find often including clothing, mud, banana leaves, etc. The biggest problem with this is that it leaves schoolgirls falling one week behind their male classmates EVERY month, forcing some to drop out entirely, eliminating their chance at an education.

 

Meet the Founder

 

 

FLOW was founded by Carlee Wendell in the fall of 2015. Carlee is passionate about empowering women in any way possible. Hailing from Connecticut, and currently residing in Tampa, FL, she studied history at the University of Alabama, but felt called to do more. Her turning point and ah-ha moment was when she saw a photo of feminine products being handed to a homeless woman.

This simple act made her realize that there is a lack of attention towards basic feminine hygiene in shelters, and nonexistent in third world countries. After much research, she found that very few companies or non-profits were dedicated to this cause. Set out to make a difference, Carlee founded FLOW to simply change the stigma that women do not need to hide their periods, and to provide women access to feminine hygiene. In return, this gives women the ability to feel more comfortable and empowered during their time of the month, as periods aren't something to be ashamed of, but proud of.