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DR LARA OWEN

Author | Teacher | Researcher | Consultant | Mentor

My work is chiefly concerned with menstruation and menopause, particularly with how they are positioned culturally and how they are organized. I’ve been working in this field on and off for over 30 years, and full-time since 2012. 

I hold a PhD in menstrual organization from Monash Business School in Melbourne. I’ve researched and taught at several universities and since 2020 I’ve worked at the University of St Andrews, where I’m now an Honorary Research Fellow.

My first book, Her Blood Is Gold, investigated the influence of culture on menstrual experience, and explored ways to honour the menstrual cycle. 

My forthcoming book, Reorganizing Menstruation: Menstrual innovations and the redistribution of boundaries, capitals, and labour, is due for publication in September 2024 by Oxford University Press. 

I teach a year-long course in Contemporary Menstrual Studies which is the the first (and currently the only) comprehensive, interdisciplinary course on menstruation in the world. I launched the program in 2022 to enable people working in the field to have more knowledge, confidence and capacity, whether as activists, educators, researchers, healthcare practitioners or NGO workers. The course is updated annually and has so far been taught to participants from fifteen countries across all six continents. 

TEACHING

Contemporary Menstrual Studies

Year-long online course

•  Join a dedicated group of fellow students and practitioners from around the world

•  Receive a wealth of information to ground and inform your work

•  Learn from a pioneer and long-time expert in the field

Registration for 2024 is now open. Click here for more information.

This year-long Masters-level course explores menstruation in the contexts of business, feminism, health, history, law, politics, popular culture, marketing, spirituality, sustainability, technology, sport, wellbeing and the workplace. The course is updated every year to take account of new research and social developments. 

What course participants are saying

“I have gained in-depth and practical knowledge in every aspect of the topic of menstruation and a rich and detailed understanding of feminism. I highly recommend this fantastic course.”

Andisheh Jahangir, Health Project Officer, Iran

“Lara’s considerable experience, engaging delivery and supportive approach has made this course an incredibly valuable contribution to my PhD studies.”

Karen Abi-Karam, Sussex, PhD student, University of Dundee

“Taking this course has been one of the best experiences that one can have as a woman, a researcher, or someone keenly interested in menstruation.”

Erika Lizbeth Vega Anaya, PhD student, Tamil Nadu, India

“One of the best decisions I have made. Dr. Lara Owen, an exceptional educator, offered phenomenal support throughout the course, further enhancing my learning experience. I strongly recommend this course.”

Wendy Atswei Laryea, Founder, Inspire to Rise, Ghana

“This class was such a pleasure to be in and the highlight of my 2023. It exceeded my expectations and was exactly the kind of grounding in menstrual studies I had been looking for for years.”

Kate Uhlman, Operations, London

Her Blood Is Gold:

Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

Lara Owen’s ground-breaking book on destigmatising and acknowledging menstruation was published by HarperCollins in 1993 and has since been updated twice. It is now in its fourth edition (2022, Archive Publishing), sells in higher numbers each year, and is also available in Portugese (2019), French (2021) and Spanish (2024).

Her Blood Is Gold:

Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

This ground-breaking book on destigmatising and acknowledging menstruation was published by HarperCollins in 1993 and has since been updated twice. It is now in its fourth edition (2022, Archive Publishing), sells in higher numbers each year, and is published in translation in Portugese (2019), French (2021) and Spanish (2024).

LATEST

NEWS from Lara

January 2024: Special event on Saturday, January 13, 10–11:30 am. Lara in conversation about menstrual activism and politics with Kitty Maguire, leading Irish menstrual activist. Book here: https://kittymaguire.podia.com/menstrual-activism-w-lara-owen-kitty-maguire

December 2023: Phew, it’s been a very busy autumn and early winter. On Friday, Dec 15, I’ll be speaking about menstrual research around the world in 2023 for the Menstrual Health Hub’s annual wrap. It’s free and to register go to http://bit.ly/RSVPFiresideChat2023Wrap

September 2023: This summer was for book-finishing and then relaxing. Now it’s back to work. Monthly webinars restart on Sept 15, and registration has just opened for Contemporary Menstrual Studies 2024.

May 2023: Always a busy month with Menstrual Health/Hygiene Day on May 28. We have our annual Menstruation Research Network conference in Scotland on May 26. On May 19 I’m doing a Zoom event for the 30th anniversary of the publication of Her Blood Is Gold.

April 2023: The first of my new series of monthly Zoom seminars is coming up on April 21st. Reserve your place and find out more at Eventbrite.

March 2023: This year’s Contemporary Menstrual Studies course begins this month, with 22 students from 11 countries, representing all 6 inhabited continents.

February 2023: Two new podcasts this month, one on menarche and the other on menopause.

January 2023: Happy New Year! The next Contemporary Menstrual Studies course is booking up fast. Scholarship applications are now open.

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