I’m in the final year of a full-time PhD at Monash University Business School in Melbourne, where I’m doing research on menstrual workplace policies and menstrual cups.
I’ve been studying, writing, and speaking about menstruation for many years. It’s affirming and inspiring to see the subject now attracting mainstream attention.
I consult and do research in partnership with other academics, institutions and organisations on menstrual health, wellbeing, and rights, and on broader matters concerning women at work.
Her Blood Is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation
“This book should be included in the curriculum of every school on this planet.” Christiane Northrup M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.
“Like the wise-women whose memory she celebrates, Lara Owen is both scientist and poet. In this wonderful book, she shows how “the curse”, when respected, becomes every woman’s crock of gold.” Chris Knight Ph.D., author of Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture, Professor of Anthropology, University of East London.
“I want to tell you how much your book on menstruation has meant to me…..If I’d had it when I was thirty it would have saved me a lot of pain and confusion.” Scilla Elworthy, author of Power and Sex, founder of the Oxford Research Group.
“I felt like I was walking around on air for days after reading Her Blood Is Gold. It was like a veil had been lifted. Your sharp analysis of the cultural construction of our attitudes towards menstruation really opened my eyes to alternative possibilities and more attuned ways of relating to my body.” Laura Robson, The Body Literacy Collective, London.
Latest news & media
May 2019: The gradual breakthrough continues: I’m quoted in the Financial Times (UK) this week in an article on menstruation in the workplace (in their Work & Careers section) which looks both at menstrual workplace policies and at ways women can integrate awareness of the menstrual cycle into work schedules, rhythms, and choice of tasks. You’ll see the piece talks about several business books coming out this year that include chapters on menstruation at work, and I know of at least one more. (If you can’t access the article from here without bumping into their paywall, go to the free links on my Twitter feed and FB pages.)
January 2019: The new UK based interdisciplinary Menstruation Research Network (of which I’m a founding member) was recently awarded a grant from the Wellcome Trust for the coming year, during which time we’ll be sharing our latest research in three free, open workshops, at three universities in Scotland. For more information please visit our new website.
Dec. 2018: Menstruation and humanistic management at work, my article about the development and implementation of Coexist’s menstrual workplace policy, is published this month in the Journal of the Association of Management Education & Development. The whole special issue has some great papers on humanising the workplace.
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Lara Owen writes and researches on menstruation, work, and feminism. Based in Melbourne, she teaches and consults internationally.