The Guardian Reports Kate’s Research into Menstruation Stigma

7th January 2020

The Guardian has reported on the ground breaking steps school girls are taking to tackle menstruation in school, highlighting Kate’s research MSc research on the topic.


Kate’s research suggests period stigma is a major problem in schools. Girls can feel fearful and embarrassed about periods. This can lead to stress, taking time off school and feeling like menstruation should be kept a secret. Kate’s research also highlights how menstruation “acts as a barrier between boys and girls.”

The article highlights the excellent work some schools are doing to break down menstruation stigma. Kate believes policymakers should build on this work and tackle period stigma nationally in schools: “Teachers need to feel confident using language around menstruation – and to have the resources and knowledge to do that. And that is where training and support from policymakers is really important.”