Who Am I And Why Did I Build This Website?

My name is Miriam Vishniac and I am a doctoral student in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh. My research focuses on access to menstrual hygiene products for incarcerated women in the U.S., which has been a topic of interest to me since partway through my Master of Public Policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I have been following this issue passionately for years, and I am thankful for the incredible women who have talked to me about their experiences. This work would not happen without women who were willing to talk to me about this personal topic during a difficult time.

Through the course of my work, I have accumulated a large amount of information which I have pulled from all over the web and which I had to find by crawling through numerous government documents. It occurred to me that there are people who could benefit from this, the first database of its kind, and I should make it available in a simple format.

If you think this website is a good idea, please consider responding to the survey if you are a formerly incarcerated woman, or setting up an interview if you are a formerly incarcerated woman or someone who works closely with them, or spreading this information and awareness about this issue if you aren’t in either category.

If you find a mistake anywhere on this site, please let me know! You can send me an email or use the contact form.