Menstruation & Menopause: Research & Consultancy
I’m a writer, researcher and consultant. I’m currently based in Melbourne where I’m in the final year of a PhD in the Department of Management at Monash University Business School, investigating two contemporary innovations: the menstrual workplace policy and the menstrual cup. I’ve been studying menstruation in various contexts throughout my working life, and it’s great to see this subject now attracting mainstream recognition.
I consult and do research in partnership with other academics and institutions on this and broader matters concerning women at work. In the past two years I’ve worked on projects concerned with health and safety for international women workers; menstrual product needs in indigenous populations; and violence and abuse towards Australian schoolteachers. I’m currently doing a review for the U.N. on the intersections of gender, corporate social responsibility, business ethics and human rights in global research.
This BBC Capital article on menstrual leave includes some of my ideas about the most helpful ways to acknowledge menstrual cyclicity 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.
Lara Owen writes and researches on menstruation, work, and feminism. Based in Melbourne, she teaches and consults internationally.