Most young women don’t want to talk, much less raise public awareness, about something so personal and intimate, but Caroline fearlessly led a community awareness project around homeless women who don’t have adequate access to sanitary products during their periods. In doing so, she empowered her peers to creatively express their concepts of women’s empowerment, used the process to help educate and raise awareness of the challenges homeless women face each day, and collected cash and in-kind donations to benefit the women Preble Street serves.
Caroline brought to the limelight a subject matter many adults are embarrassed to talk about, menstruation. Inspired by the viral video The Homeless Period, Caroline began to think about the challenges homeless women in her local community face in having access to feminine hygiene products and was moved to do something to make those challenges a little easier.
Caroline, an artist, decided to use art to bring her community together to help with this cause. She made her cause the focus of her Senior Project. Her idea was to curate an art show, on female empowerment, to both raise awareness and money regarding the issues homeless women face. With the support of her art teacher, she engaged her advanced art class, and the seven classmates spent the fall semester developing pieces of artwork depicting strong images of female empowerment.
Caroline, with the assistance of her art teacher, Nancy Goldstone, developed assignment sheets for the students who participated in the project and checked in with them regularly to offer assistance and guidance. She began educating her fellow classmates, as well as faculty and advisors, on the issues homeless women experience around having limited access to feminine hygiene products. She also created promotional materials for the art show, inviting staff, faculty, fellow students and community members. She created a bulletin board, highlighting Florence House
Attendees were encouraged to either donate cash or hygiene products and/or purchase a print of one of the pieces. All in-kind donations and funds collected will be donated to Preble Street to benefit Florence House. Caroline raised approximately $400 in donations or sales of artwork and collected two large baskets of hygiene products to be donated for the benefit of homeless women. More importantly, she sparked a community conversation about a topic society, and especially women, are often ashamed to talk about publicly.
For all this, she definitely does rock!