Menstrual Hygiene

Billboards to bring awareness to the WIT Virtual 5K Race to End Period Poverty are up during the month of October! 

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Women In Training Names Dr. LaToya Clark, M.D., OB/GYN at Jackson Hospital, as its New President and Chairwoman 

The Board of Trustees of Women in Training, Inc. has elected Dr. LaToya Clark, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, as its new president and chairwoman.

 

Dr. Clark, who already serves as WIT’s medical director, will continue in that role, adding her new responsibilities as the board’s top leader. She will take over the helm from Barbara J. Wells, Esq., who has resigned from the board after a distinguished year of service.

 

“I am pleased, honored and excited to lead the board of Women In Training, Inc. into the future as its new president and chairwoman, leveraging my extensive medical education, my talents and my expertise as an OB/GYN with my love of children and my passion for social justice to advance the fight against period poverty,” Dr. Clark said.

 

Dr. Clark earned her bachelor’s degree at Xavier University of Louisiana – where she was a Rousseve Scholar, representing the top 10 students in her class. She earned her medical degree at The University of South Alabama’s College of Medicine, and completed her residency at Louisiana State University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

 

During her academic studies, Dr. Clark received undergraduate and medical school scholarships and appeared on the dean’s list. She has also collaborated with other researchers in the area of obstetrics. Their combined research has been accepted for publication by the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

In addition to serving as an OB/GYN at Jackson Hospital and Clinic, Dr. Clark is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Additionally, she is the co-owner of Breakthrough Wellness and a majority owner of D.O.T. Construction Services. In her spare time, Dr. Clark enjoys traveling, sporting events and boating.

 

WIT’s signature program is the WITKITS® Campaign to provide menstrual products and hygiene items to young, low-income people who menstruate. WITKITS® include menstrual pads, soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, deodorant, socks, a journal and a hand-made bracelet with a positive message. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, WITKITS® have also included personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves and bottles of WIT hand sanitizer.  

 

Last month, WIT distributed WITKITS® to teenagers at TEARS Shelter for Runaway Girls in Tuskegee, Alabama, and to homeless families at the Salvation Army Montgomery. WIT has also given away menstrual and hygiene products to girls in need at Brantwood Children's Home, a home for abused and neglected young people ages 10-20 years; That's My Child, a nonprofit youth organization; New Beginnings Educational Center, an after-school program across the street from Paterson Court public housing complex; Common Ground Montgomery, a nonprofit, non-denominational Christian community organization that focuses on youth development and leadership; and Aid to Inmate Mothers, a nonprofit organization that provides services to Alabama’s incarcerated women and their children. People who receive WITKITS® at WIT distribution events continue to receive products every month.

Breanna and Brooke Bennett, the 13-year-old founders of Women in Training, Inc. and their parents, Bradley and Adeyela Bennett, appeared on UCom In Unity on The CW channel. Pastor Dr. Crayton-Jones asked the family to speak about WIT’s social justice work around period poverty.

Back to School Event

Photos by Jill Friedman

In partnership with Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, volunteers from Women in Training held a successful Back to School Backpack Pickup event on August 8, 2020, at the Dexter Avenue King Parsonage Museum. WIT volunteers handed out 100 WITKITS containing not only the usual menstrual and hygiene products, but also COVID-19 personal protective equipment, such as masks, plastic gloves, and bottles of WIT hand sanitizer. The WITKITS for this event also included school supplies, such as binders, pocket folders, and flash drives. Volunteers from the church also distributed 100 backpacks full of school supplies. The Back to School Backpack Pickup was a great success!

TEARS Shelter for Runaway Girls in Tuskegee, Alabama

Photos by Jill Friedman

On August 22, 2020, Women In Training volunteers had a fulfilling day giving out WITKITS of menstrual and hygiene supplies, and COVID-19 personal protective equipment at the TEARS Shelter for Runaway Girls in Tuskegee, Alabama. Dr. LaKeshia Thomas of Dentistry for Children gave an inspiring presentation about choices, dreams, and lifelong learning.

Meet the Twins Advocating for Menstrual Equity - Everyday Heroes

Breanna and Brooke Bennett, founders of Women in Training, were guests on MCCPL Lowder Regional Library’s “Teen Talkback: LIVE” to speak about how Women In Training advocates for menstrual equity!  

When Brooke Bennett  envisioned creating a project to alleviate #periodpoverty, Breanna wasn’t really “feeling” it. Later, she saw a YouTube video about the challenges imprisoned women have accessing tampons and sanitary pads. THIS touched her heart. Bree then joined her twin in creating Women In Training.

Recently, for the first time, at Aid to Inmate Mothers, Breanna met a woman who had been imprisoned. In fact, Geneva Cooley, age 72, served 17 years of a life sentence without parole in the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women for a drug conviction. Fortunately for Ms. Cooley, Alabama lawmakers in 2019 reduced mandatory minimums for nonviolent crimes to include the possibility of parole.

Volunteer lawyers successfully argued that Ms. Cooley’s life sentence without parole violated the Eighth Amendment, which protects Americans from cruel and unfair punishment. Bree, quiet for a change, hugged Ms. Cooley and gave her a #WITKIT of hygiene and dental products. "You look like you could be my granddaughter," Ms. Cooley softly said as she embraced Bree. 

May 15, 2020

Thank you to Shauna-Kay's Motivational Breeze for interviewing Breanna and Brooke Bennett about their efforts to alleviate #period poverty through Women In Training. Shauna-Kay is across the world in Dubai!

May 9, 2020

Local Female Empowerment Group Donates Feminine Hygiene Products to Brantwood Children’s Home

April 21, 2020

Period poverty in a pandemic. Limited supply stops some from getting hygiene products

April 21, 2020

Women in Training assembled a diverse group of powerful and passionate girls and women representing the full spectrum of age, gender identity, socioeconomic status, marital status, ethnicity, language, and education level to bring awareness to #PeriodPoverty by creating this short video.

Special thanks to Josh Carples of Terrible Master Films for generously providing pro bono film consultation, directing and production services!

WIT is inspiring bills in the 2020 Legislative session. Recently, State Rep. Rolanda Hollis introduced HB-237. The bill would require schools serving fifth through twelfth grade to provide free menstrual products. 

March 2, 2020

February 19, 2020

Photos by Jill Friedman

U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama asked Breanna and Brooke Bennett what inspired them to be change agents.
Women in Training, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. As such, WIT does not endorse any political candidates.

February  2020

Brooke Bennett Receives Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Photo by Breanna Bennett

February 7, 2020

When girls can’t afford pads or tampons, some skip school. These twins want to change that

Photo by Jill Friedman

September  18, 2019

Twins launch project to distribute sanitary pads  to other girls

July 23, 2019

Photo by Jill Friedman

12-Year-Old Montgomery Twins Distribute   #WITKITS® to Girls 

Photo by Jill Friedman

September 17, 2019

The Bennett Twins Talk Periods with Foreword South

Photo by Jill Friedman

September 19, 2019

Leadership Montgomery recognized Brooke and Breanna as Heroes in Montgomery

October 1, 2019

Architects of Change

Interview with co-directors of Architects of Change, Brooke and Breanna Bennett

February 16, 2019

Photo by Jill Friedman

11-year old twins from Montgomery are making history with a co-produced documentary teaching other children about black history.

February 2019

Photo by Vada Wrenn

U.S. Senator Doug Jones congratulates the "Architects of Change" Documentary "tween" filmmakers, Breanna and Brooke Bennett. 

February 11, 2019

Photo by Jill Friedman

"Architects of Change" debuted at the Inaugural Rosa Parks Day celebration at the Rosa Parks Museum

The Bennett family with Patricia Baum, Executive Producer, "Architects of Change" 

December 1, 2018

Photo by Jill Friedman

Trailer for Architects of Change

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