I have two guests with me today to talk about something that some people might feel uncomfortable discussing, but we are NOT afraid to talk about it. This is a problem solving show, and we are going to solve some problems here today.
I’d like to welcome Amaya Waymon, a high school student at Rickards High School. Amaya is the founder of the Girl Flo Project, which aims to end the problem of period poverty, that is the lack of access to sanitary products in schools and throughout the community. We’re going to hear about the inspiration for her work, some of the challenges she has faced, and how we can help. Welcome, Amaya!
Also joining us is Dana Brooks, a partner with Fasig Brooks law firm, who heard about Amaya’s project and wanted to support her. In fact, she feels so strongly about the rights of women to have access to hygiene products that she sued the governor of Florida in 2017 to remove the luxury tax hygiene products which resulted in a change of the law. We’re going to talk about how women can work together to make sure everyone has what they need. Welcome, Dana.
The School of Public Health at the University of Michigan shares that 1 in 5 girls miss school due to lack of menstrual products, because they are not able to afford pads, tampons, or liners. Instead, many people are forced to use items like rags, paper towels, toilet paper, or cardboard. Others ration sanitary products by using them for extended amounts of time. If this has you squirming in your seat, good. It should. Because everyone deserves to be able to menstruate with dignity.
Period poverty encompasses not only this lack of access to products, but also inadequate access to toilets, hand washing receptacles, and hygienic waste management.
The reason this public health crisis is yet to be addressed is largely due to stigma and shame. Amaya, Dana, and countless others agree that access to menstrual products is a right, and feeling clean, confident, and capable during one’s period is a necessity. Today we are going to explore how they’re addressing the problem, and share how you can be a problem solver with three tips for smart activism.
Over half of people in the workforce are dealing with today’s problem.
Some people blame COVID, and others say it was a problem way before we all got on the roller coaster of 2020.
Some people say it’s not even a big deal and to just suck it up.
It’s now described by the World Health Organization as an occupational phenomenon. They say that “Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
Today my guest is Mary Barley, the Employee Wellbeing Coordinator for Leon County in Florida and the Executive Director of Working Well, a non-profit organization based in Tallahassee, FL that helps organizations design and deliver employee well being programs.
Today on the program we are diving into a subject that we’re often told not to talk about. It can be a difficult subject to discuss, even with friends, for fear of being misunderstood, judged or pigeon-holed, or not being as informed or educated as others.
Sometimes this topic is something people don’t even want others to know about them, and in other cases it is the first thing they want people to know.
We’re talking about RELIGION. This episode is called DEVIL’S ADVOCATE and I am looking forward to discussing some of the most compelling questions about religion today with Rev. Sheldon Steen, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church and doctoral candidate in Religion of Western Antiquity at Florida State University.
Rev. Steen has been working in ministry for fifteen years, earning a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. He began his professional work in youth ministry in Florida and Georgia, and then as the Pastor of Jasper First Presbyterian Church in Jasper, Florida.
After serving as a Parish Associate at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Sheldon directed the campus ministry at UKirk Tallahassee, serving Florida State University and Florida A&M University. He joined Christ Presbyterian Church in June, 2020, leading the northeast Tallahassee congregation through the COVID-19 pandemic and at a time when almost every element of our lives, including our spirituality, is politicized.
Today we are out for adventure, into the great blue yonder, over the river and through the woods, with Jeremy Rogers, a Tallahassee firefighter with a love for the outdoors that he has turned into an organization called Tallahassee Adventure Club.
We’re going to hear his story of life transformation from the military to mountain climbing, learn about the importance of outdoor experiences for kids, and learn how we can help local kids connect with the outdoors in meaningful ways.
Now, the idea for this show came when I was recently at a summer camp with my son, and the day came for us to go swimming at the lake. For some kids, this was a regular occurrence, and for others it was the first time they had ever been in open water. Seeing their initial trepidation, fear, beginnings of confidence and trust, and eventual joy that they were not sinking, made me pick up my phone and call Jeremy, because I wanted to explore this topic more and revitalize our conversation about the Tallahassee Adventure Club.
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