See Pad-n-all, with belt
from about the 1930s-40s, U.S.A.
See a Modess True or False?
ad in The American Girl magazine, January 1947, and
actress Carol Lynley in "How
Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad (1955) - Modess . . . . because ads (many
Lakshmi Murthy: Teaching girls about puberty,
menstruation and how to make washable menstrual pads, in
In 2001 Lakshmi Murthy wrote me about her
work with rural girls in southern Rajasthan,
India, and asked if I would be interested in
showing something about it on the MUM site. Of
course I was! Ms. Murthy is a graphic designer
in Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan (see the
map, below) and has used her talents to a good
end, as you will see. She writes, "This
particular component, i.e., pad making and
working with adolescents, is a part of a
larger area of my work: developing media for
rural teenagers on issues related to
Read Ms. Murthy's detailed explanation of
her project (with mention of local
menstrual customs and beliefs).
recent information about menstrual
management in India with an article critical of this
And read the New
York Times article about the situation
in India and what people are trying to do
about it, including the Great
Wash Yatra and WASH United.
some of her work with a Fund for
Leadership Development Fellowship, authorized
in 2000 (Population and Reproductive Health
program of the Global Security and
Sustainability program), "[f]or a media design
project to improve the communication of health
information to young people in rural areas
(over two years)."
The arrow points to Udaipur
town, in Rajasthan, India, where the project
director, Lakshmi Murthy, has her design
studio, Vikalpdesign. Interestingly, another
washable-pad project takes place in the
bordering state to the right, Uttar Pradesh (see that project).
The cardboard-and-fabric doll
demonstrates how to wear a washable pad.
Click for larger
image. The maker, Ms. Murthy, sent the doll,
explanatory material and photographs to this
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