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.
Dec. 2018: Menstruation and humanistic management at work, my article about the implementation of a menstrual workplace policy, published in the Journal of the Association of Management Education & Development. The whole special issue has some great papers on humanising the workplace.
Dec. 2017: Lisa Jack’s Fertility Friday podcast, where I’m talking about the menstrual cycle, the workplace, and neoliberalism.
You can find more media here.
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.
Lara Owen writes and researches on menstruation, work, and feminism. Based in Melbourne, she teaches and consults internationally.