Asia Brown (she/her/hers) is a junior Comparative Women's Studies major at Spelman College from Vicksburg, MS. Asia is a reproductive justice advocate passionate about period equity, abortion access, and Black maternal health. Asia aspires to be a nurse-midwife and open a birth center for Black women after nursing school. Asia is a fellow for In Our Own Voice: Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda's Next Generation Leadership Institute, serves as the Director of Compliance and Safety for the 80th Administration of Spelman's SGA, and is a member of AUC What S(H)E Said, an organization that brings awareness to sexual violence in the Atlanta University Center. Asia became an ambassador for The Pad Project in August 2020. It is through her work with The Pad Project that Asia learned about the period equity movement and the need to center marginalized communities in that space. Asia started 601 for Period Equity because she is passionate about all menstruators having access to the period care products they need!
Laila Brown is a 16-year old junior at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, MS. She cofounded 601 For Period Equity with her sister, but has been involved in activism and organizing since 2020. Laila is a member of Teen Health MS's Mississippi Youth Council, whose aim is to promote comprehensive and inclusive sex education in Mississippi public schools. She was also a 2020 Homegirl Project fellow, launching her own online educational course, "Beyond Respectability: Misogynoir, Intersectionality, and Black Women Radicals". Laila is now apart of the Homegirl Project's editorial team, and is excited to write about race, gender, class, and more through a Black southern womanist lens. Laila is also a student ambassador at The Pad Project, an international non-profit based in Los Angeles whose mission is to fight period poverty and stigma. Laila is passionate about fighting period poverty because she has first hand experience with period stigma and missing school because of lack of access to free products.
Jackson Branch Leader
Maisie Brown is an 19 year old Jackson, Mississippi native, activist, and organizer. Throughout the years, she’s published several pieces about the need for the change of the state flag, state universities, and the need for a call for change to Mississippi. She’s been heavily involved in advocacy throughout the years which even took her to the nation’s capitol to advocate for the need to change the state flag. She’s volunteered on numerous campaigns including the Mike Espy for US Senate campaign. More recently, she’s been named the Youth Program Director at the Institute for Democratic Education in America where she works hands-on with students around Jackson on the concept of democratic education and learning to advocate for themselves. She also co-organized Jackson’s Black Lives Matter protest in summer of 2020 that was the largest protest since 1965 in the state of Mississippi. She currently studies History and Political Science at North Carolina A&T State University but looks forward to entering the period and reproductive freedom activist realm!
Laurel, MS/Atlanta, GA Branch Leader
Shaquavia Straughn (She/Her) is our Laurel-Hattiesburg lead organizer! A native of Laurel, She is a graduating senior Psychology major, Education Studies minor at Spelman College. Social Activism and Community Advocacy are her passions, and she is most excited about the upcoming work she has planned