• The Red SEA

Local menstrual equity organizations announce election endorsements

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

Contact: Grace Chung, Co-Executive Director, The Red SEA

SEATTLE - The Red SEA, a local menstrual equity organization, announced their official endorsements for the upcoming 2020 Washington state general election last week. In partnership with Washington For Menstrual Equity, the organization endorsed seven candidates it believes will champion intersectional menstrual equity.

Candidates were chosen after an extensive outreach campaign, through which staff from the two organizations reached out to more than 100 candidates. Following their responses regarding how they would approach Washington menstrual equity policies, the candidates were narrowed down based on their record of gender inclusivity, menstrual and reproductive rights.

The Red SEA and Washington For Menstrual Equity are proud to endorse the following candidates:

  • Tarra Simmons for State Representative, 23rd District. As the only formerly-incarcerated woman to be elected to Washington state legislature, Simmons will be a champion for improved menstrual product access and quality within state prisons.

  • April Berg for State Representative, 44th District. Berg worked for gender-inclusive bathrooms for the Edmonds School District and will be a strong advocate for menstrual equity and comprehensive reproductive rights in the State Legislature.

  • Sherae Lacelles for State Representative, 43rd District. Lacelles understands how employment, education, and racial justice intersect with menstrual equity and will be a needed champion for menstrual product accessibility in the Washington state government.

  • Helen Price Johnson for State Senator, 10th District. Having served two terms on the South Whidbey School Board, three terms as Island County Commissioner, and as President of the Washington Association of Counties, Johnson’s experience will be invaluable to the Washington state Senate.

  • Kirsten Harris-Talley for State Representative, 37th District. With experience in fighting for reproductive rights and housing justice, and as the interim director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Harris-Talley is committed to menstrual equity.

  • Liz Berry for State Representative, 36th District. With a lifelong commitment to politics and equality, Berry is enthusiastic about menstrual health and will fight to make menstrual hygiene products more accessible.

  • Emily Wicks for State Representative, 38th District. Wicks has experience working for the Marysville School District Board and is the current President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington. Wicks will push forward menstrual equity in the legislature.

The Red SEA is a local grassroots organization committed to menstrual equity and destigmatizing periods through service, policy, and education. Since the organization was established in Jan. 2020, The Red SEA has collected more than 20,000 period products for the community through drives, fundraisers, and partnerships with local businesses.

Aside from providing period products, The Red SEA also uplifts and empowers the diverse voices within the community through panels and outreach initiatives. Examples include The Seattle Black Menstruators Panel, which featured Harris-Talley, and a recent Postcards To Swing States campaign.

Washington for Menstrual Equity, formerly the Period WA Tampon Tax Team, was established in December of 2019. During the 2020 legislative session, the organization worked with Senator Lynda Wilson to pass SB 5147, removing the taxation of menstrual hygiene products (“Tampon Tax”) in WA State. Currently, WA for Menstrual Equity is supporting the Approve R-90 campaign’s efforts to pass Referendum 90 (comprehensive sex-ed) and preparing to support Senator Manka Dhingra in passing SB 6073, which would enforce free menstrual hygiene products in all WA public schools.

The Red SEA and Washington for Menstrual Equity believe that menstrual access and availability area seriously underdeveloped issues that can be tackled by supporting organizations and representatives who work on advocating for menstrual equity, making sure that dignity and respect are restored for any and all menstruators.


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