Third Annual WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch
Celebrate Women's History Month at the Third Annual Mother Daughter Brunch
Imagine a young girl missing school simply because she can't afford basic feminine hygiene products. Sadly, this is a reality for one in four American girls and young women. Women in Training, Inc. tackles this issue head-on by providing monthly donations of WITKITS—canvas bags loaded with essential feminine hygiene items—to at-risk girls, young women, and nonbinary youth. Since 2019, WIT volunteers have distributed an impressive 30,000 WITKITS, making a significant dent in alleviating period poverty. Alongside the WIKITS, Women in Training offers educational programs about menstruation and even publishes a handy brochure, "The WIT Guide to the Menstrual Cycle." So, each WITKIT does more than just provide immediate relief; it keeps girls in school, educates them, and offers them the chance to focus on their education without interruptions. In doing so, WITKITS lay down the foundation for both personal and academic growth, serving as a true enabler of lifelong development. Women In Training, Inc. will hold its Third Annual WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch to help End Period Poverty on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center. Please join us! The Steering Committee, headed by Alabama State Representative Rolanda Hollis, WIT Board Chairwoman, is asking all women to wear white to represent unity. The Committee Co-Chairwomen are Ms. Sandra Whatley Washington, WIT Development Chairwoman; and Ms. Tania Johns, WIT Board Member.
Women in Training, Inc. is driven to nurture young minds to be change-makers in society. WIT is singularly focused on the ambitious mission of eradicating poverty. WIT was founded on the principle that dignity should not be a privilege. Committed to a vision of a world where every individual has access to necessities such as nutritious food, quality housing, and healthcare, WIT takes a special interest in combating period poverty and promoting reproductive freedom.
The inception of WIT was marked by a moment of profound empathy. At 12 years old, twin sisters Brooke and Breanna Bennett identified the lack of accessible menstrual products as a critical barrier to education and employment for many young people. This realization led to the launch of the WITKITS Campaign, WIT's flagship program. Aimed at addressing the “period poverty” affecting 25% of American youth, WITKITS are branded canvas bags filled with essential menstrual, hygiene, and dental products. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these kits were augmented to include personal protective equipment.
WIT's advocacy and strategic partnerships were pivotal in the legislative milestone achieved in Alabama in April 2022: the passing of a "period poverty" law. Championed by State Representative Rolanda M. Hollis and supported by WIT's Legal Counsel, Akiesha Anderson, Esq., the law allocates $200,000 to Alabama's Department of Education for providing menstrual products in Title I schools.
On the national front, WIT expanded its advocacy to Washington, D.C., where its WIT Young Leaders were invited to present their mission to the Democratic Women’s Caucus at the U.S. Capitol. This opportunity was facilitated by Congresswoman Grace Meng and Congresswoman Terri Sewell, and funded by the Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium, led by Ms. LaTosha Brown.
Beyond menstrual equity, WIT has diversified its impact through additional programs such as the WIT Leadership Development Academy, the WIT Girls STEM Initiative and the WIT Mentor Program. The organization’s contributions have earned it several recognitions, including the Barron Prize for Young Heroes, and Period Heroes by the Always brand of Procter and Gamble.
Brooke and Breanna, the co-founders, currently attend the 11th grade at The Montgomery Academy in Alabama. They exemplify the tremendous potential of youth to effect meaningful change. Through collective efforts, WIT aspires to realize its mission: End Poverty. PERIOD!