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Making Menstruation Matter: 20th Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

Marymount Manhattan College

New York City

June 6-8, 2013

-How and why does menstruation matter?

-What is the role of the menstrual cycle in girls’ and women’s health, psychological wellbeing, development, social status, body image and sexuality across the lifespan?

-What can be done to remove the shame and secrecy about menstruation that continues to limit open conversation and the integration of the cycle into healthy embodiment?

Conference Highlights include:

-Appearance by feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem, the first recipient of SMCR’s Making Menstruation Matter Award

-Keynote by psychologist Jane Ussher, author of The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience (Routledge, 2011) & Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body (Routledge, 2006)

-Plenaries on Public Health and the Menstrual Cycle and Using Social Media to Promote Menstrual Literacy

-Cutting-Edge Research Presentations

-Film Screenings

-The World’s 1st Ever Menstrual Poetry Slam

This multidisciplinary conference creates a space to engage these and related questions. Our members include physicians, nurses, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, women’s studies scholars, communications studies scholars, artists, literary and cultural critics, health educators, and menstrual activists.

Save the Date! June 6-8, 2013