FIRST TIMES: Roberta Wore White

Roberta remembers her very first period... and so does the whole softball team.

"At 13 years old, I went to play softball with my team on Saturday...nothing unusual. I wore my white shorts and white shirt, and pitched and struck out – even with my strange stomach ache.


But, when I got home and went to change my clothes, there was a puddle of red sitting in my shorts. I knew what it was but, of course, didn't know how many people at the ball field knew also! Here's me wearing white around that time once again, though I knew better by then."

Roberta in high school, 4th from the left

- Roberta, Maryland




FIRST TIMES: Vili Was Neither Empowered nor Disempowered

FIRST TIMES: Vili Was Neither Empowered nor Disempowered

Vili Petrova, founder of LENA, talks about that very first time that left her wanting more explanation and celebration.

FIRST TIMES: That Day Nadya Thought She Was Dying

FIRST TIMES: That Day Nadya Thought She Was Dying

Nadya Okamoto, a young activist and student working to bring menstrual products to homeless women, tells us about the day she thought would be her last.

FIRST TIMES: Kate Faked It For Years

FIRST TIMES: Kate Faked It For Years

Kate Messinger, a writer living in Brooklyn, remembers the many years she spent wishing for a period, thinking that at 16 and still not a woman, she must be a freak of nature.

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