Menstruation & Menopause: Research & Consultancy
I’m interested in many aspects of how human beings organise, connect, and inspire themselves and others. These days my work is focused on my abiding interest in the project of being female in a (changing) patriarchy, and in particular in the lived experience of the menstrual cycle.
I study, research, write and speak about what can be done to address the various difficulties and inequalities that arise from menstrual stigma, and how all this relates to the big picture of socioeconomic systems and organisational dynamics.
I’m based in Melbourne where I’m doing a PhD in the Department of Management at Monash University Business School. My current research looks at ways to address unnecessary physical and mental suffering experienced by menstruators at work, by investigating two contemporary innovations: the menstrual workplace policy and the menstrual cup.
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.