Aunt Flow Women's History

Celebrating Women’s History Month!

By: Sami Sharfin

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re taking it back to where it all began with menstrual equity: Mary Kenner

In the 1920s, Mary was determined to invent a product that would make it easy for every menstruator to manage their periods, both affordably and safely. She came up with the idea of a sanitary belt that aimed to prevent leakage on clothing, which was a common problem for menstruators at the time. 

Despite her patent being denied for 30 years due to racial discrimination as a Black inventor, Mary’s sanitary belt proved to be a hygienic solution for menstrual management and prevented menstruators from contracting various diseases.

Beltless pads were invented in the 1970s and, as tampons became increasingly popular, menstruators stopped using sanitary belts. Basically, we’ve come a LONG way since Kenner’s original period product. 

Now, we’re at a point where we need these products to be widely accessible and FREE.

Businesses making history with Aunt Flow

Following the trail that Mary Kenner blazed, there are countless businesses making tangible commitments toward menstrual equity with Aunt Flow. One of these companies is Gaedeke Group

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Gaedeke Group is a full-service real estate firm. Gaedeke Group’s current portfolio encompasses three million square feet of Class A office properties in Arizona, Florida, Texas, New York and Washington, D.C. With a background in marketing, psychology and international multimedia management, CEO Sabine Gaedeke Stener oversees the operations at Gaedeke Group.

“As a female-founded business we, at Gaedeke Group, believe in gender equity, and as such we strongly feel that menstrual products should be freely available alongside any other paper products in restrooms. It is an obvious and small contribution to creating a level playing field.” 

-Sabine Gaedeke Stener, CEO Gaedeke Group

Other inspiring businesses flowing with us to support bathroom equality:

  • Apple
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Netflix
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Google
  • Huntington Bank
  • Facebook
  • Land Grant Brewing Company

Make history at your school, businesses or organization and join the menstrual movement with Aunt Flow HERE

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Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

Founded in 2016, Aunt Flow is a certified WBENC women-owned company based in Columbus, Ohio. At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with 100% organic cotton (no weird stuff) and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! For every 10 tampons and pads we sell, we donate 1 to a menstruator in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®