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The Brassy Broadcast podcast is an exploration of ways we create, engage, and communicate. 

Mar 24, 2017

Laura Shanley, Founder of Periods for Politicians, shares her experience and what she has learned about navigating the waters of social media and activism.


Highlights and Takeaways

  • Starting the Periods for Pence Facebook page after becoming disgusted with actions of Indiana's then Governor Mike Pence
  • Answering the question "What gives you the right?"
  • Using humor as a form of protest
  • Who knew there were so many euphemisms for periods?
  • The power of social media to create a movement
  • The community that has grown up around Periods for Politicians
  • Working to make our community stronger
  • The difference in community from Facebook to Twitter
  • Finding joy in getting off of Facebook for awhile
  • Why she remained anonymous for awhile
  • The challenge of accepting what you need to learn
  • Learning to be gracious when she was wrong
  • How acknowledging what you don't understand makes you a better ally
  • Clues that you need to be listening and not talking
  • Approaching issues from a human standpoint and compassionate view


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