DAILY TEAM & CONTRIBUTORS
Founding editor Paula Kragten (NL) has years of experience in the world of magazines. She wondered why every possible topic has its own magazine, except the one and only thing that all women have in common: menstruation. And that was the start of Period! Magazine.
Managing editor Yayeri van Baarsen (PT) writes, translates, edits and tests products. There aren’t many mistakes she doesn’t spot. Apart from freelance journalist, Yayeri is also owner/editor in chief of Enjoy the Algarve magazine.
Social Media Coordinator Facebook and Instagram Mariëtte van der Lingen (NL) is the creative force behind the posts, promotions and competitions on both the Dutch and the English Facebook pages of Period! Magazine and Period! on Instagram.
Social Media Coordinator Twitter Gerrit Wolters (NL) tweets, retweets, follows (and unfollows) at high speed. As a journalist he’s also always on the look for trending topics and ground-breaking news for Period! Magazine.
Amy Verkerk (UK/NL) is a British expat living in The Netherlands. She is an English tutor via her own bureau English Now and also a talented blogger. Besides all this she works as an editor for the English edition of Period! Magazine.
Emma Chesworth is a feminist activist based in the north east of England. She’s a co-founder of Free Period NE, a campaign looking to tackle period poverty in the region. Emma is a writer and a regular contributor on regional television, radio and in the press on women’s issues. Follow her on Twitter.
Rosie MacLeod (UK) has a strong background in European Studies. She has written extensively on language politics. When she isn’t writing, she can be found translating and making radio programmes. She is the host of ‘Political Motivation’ on @WomensRadioStn and @EastLondonRadio. Listen to her podcasts on mixcloud.com/rosie-macleod.
Sara Lopez (USA) is a Certified Hormone Specialist and Adenomyosis & Endometriosis Health Coach. Through coaching, she creates a safe space for women to find relief from heavy periods and transform their hormones. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.
Clare Knox (UK) is a business psychologist with a passion for women’s health. She conducted research on women’s experiences of PMDD in the workplace. She is also the founder ofSee Her trive, a business consultancy raising awareness of reproductive health in the workplace through corporate training and education.
Yasmin Soni (India) is a research scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She’s currently in the first year of her PhD. Yasmin has noticed menstrual taboos, fabricated with religion, as an intricate part of ordinary women’s lives. She aspire to work on improving menstrual hygiene in India and breaking taboos at the rural level.
Kelly Grehan is a blogger, worker and mum. She started the Red Box Project Dartford in Kent, England. The Red Box Project is a nation-wide initiative that ensures that no young woman misses out on her education because of her period. They place constantly stocked Red Boxes of sanitary wear in schools.
Cynthia Stalde (Riga) blogs about the battles of body hair removal and the joy of periods. After finishing her Bachelor’s Degree, she decided it was time for some self-time, so she’s now living all over Europe, starting with Portugal. In the past, Cynthia occasionally missed a couple of days of school because she wanted to pull out her uterus and throw it out when ‘that time of the month’ came around.
Rimli Bhattacharya ( India) is a first class gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering and has an MBA in supply chain management. She writes for several magazines, Times of India, engineering journals and blogs, and is also a trained Indian Classical Dancer.
Kate Bavister (USA) is a writer and artist who incorporates nature, art and science to enhance understanding of the embodied experience. She’s interested in maintaining peak health through conscious living, ingestion, movement and arts. She studied Anatomical Sciences.
Sonia Chatterjee (India) is an ex-banker turned blogger. She’s passionate about writing and lets out pent-up emotions through words, hoping to resonate with the emotions of her readers in the journey.
Taq Bhandal (CAN) is a PhD Student at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. Outside of her PhD, she volunteers with the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective.
Annebelle Nooteboom (NL) is specialized in digital storytelling and corporate journalism. She published Project Red – about heavy menstrual bleeding – and studied journalism at Fontys Hogeschool Journalistiek.
Barbara Younger (VS) is founder of Friend for the Ride: Encouraging Words for the Menopause and Midlife Roller Coaster. Ze published around twenty books, for adults and children. She lives and works in North Carolina.
Noni Roberts (UK) is a Welsh backpacker who’s travelling with her boyfriend Ryan. On her blog she describes the uncomfortable truths that come with the incredible experience of backpacking. You can follow het on Twitter.
Hilary Webb (UK) holds a first class honours degree in English Literature and French and lives near London. A writer, blogger and social media enthusiast, she particularly enjoys writing about female health, Femtech and literature.
Brett Buchert (USA) wants to help women all over the world who might also be suffering from PMDD. Together with her mother she created a special app. Follow Brett on Instagram.
Catharina den Dekker (NL) is a writer and poet. She shares her stories and poems via her blog Woordspelen. She also wrote two books. She shares her facination for art via her Dutch blog De Kunsthistorica Vertelt.
Charlot Verlouw (NL) is a freelance editor and journalist. She studies Journalism and Media at the University of Amsterdam and is also a committed Twitter feminist.
Hannah Whelan (UK) is a recent Master’s graduate based in Amsterdam. Her former research has explored the experiences of menstruation in India, where she collaborated with Eco Femme, a social enterprise that provide washable cloth pads and menstrual health education to rural women.
Kirstie McCrum (UK) is an award-winning Manchester-based news and features journalist. She mostly writes about social issues, feminism, art & culture, and health & wellbeing. Her writing has been featured in the New Statesman, Mirror Online, Wales Online, the Guardian and more. You can follow Kirstie on Twitter via @kirstiemccrum.
Sarah Sahagian (CAN) is a professional feminist and a PhD candidate in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Beaverton and She Does The City (amongst others).
Molly Aldrich-Wincer (UK) is a Sussex-based business development advisor and blogger who is passionate about equality and inclusion. Her guest blog series is called Project Lunar: Periods & Politics. Its aim: to start a global gender inclusive discussion about menstruation and why it’s still a taboo topic. You can find her on Twitter via @maldrichwincer
Andra Laarhuis (NL) does the honours in the Period! Magazine office when needed. Apart from all-round magazine editor and sports journalist, she’s also the founder of Theems Media and Done-That.nl.
Amy Verkerk (UK/NL) is a British expat, English tutor and blogger. She also works as an editor for the English edition of Period! Magazine.
Julia Banim (UK) is a Manchester based web content writer and researcher, mental health blogger and freelance writer.
Mary Novaria (USA) is a blogger and journalist. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Redbook, Country Living, Delish, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Star and Huffington Post (amongst others).
Mariette Reineke (NL) gives one-on-one esoteric healing sessions, workshops/presentations on self-care, nutrition and womanhood. She also writes a daily blog in Dutch.
Robyn Jones B.Sc (AU) works in private practice, writes about women’s health, anxiety, children and motherhood, and runs a catering business that specialises in gluten free food.
Cruz Santana (USA) is a freelance professional writer and editor from San Antonio, Texas, with a background in science and medicine. She is also the founder of The Freelance Dance; a platform for freelance writers and bloggers.
Luisa Maria van Lieshout (Bonaire) spent ten years in the Netherlands as a self-employed copywriter. She then moved to Bonaire because ‘everything had to change.’ Now she’s a creative writing tutor and writes for her own blog (in Dutch).
Melonie Syrett (UK) is a holistic practitioner and founder of One Love Energy Healing in South London. She is specialised in Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Shamanic and Crystal Healing and more.
Marije te Raa (NL) is a respected European Athletics track & field athlete and founder of Re-Run Yourself. Apart from that she’s also a freelance journalist, specialising in sport, nutrition and health.
RESEARCH + ADVICE
Matthijs Wolters PhD (NL) is the founder of Analyseerkracht. He’s also tutor and consultant when it comes to mathematics, statistics, analytics, data science and (market) research, and the research wizard of Period! Magazine.
Mariola Wolters (CAN) is an all-round marketing specialist with several multinationals in her portfolio. She’s the founder of Hall of Aim Consultancy & Coaching and marketing advisor of Period! Magazine.
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LAST BUT NOT LEAST
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