*Note: The following views are my own and not necessarily those of Kindara*
I woke up this morning feeling sick to my stomach.
We started Kindara to help women feel powerful about their reproductive health in a society that tries to make them feel weak, and for the past 7 years it seemed as though were were succeeding.
Social attitudes and willingness to speak openly about reproductive issues and menstruation seemed to be shifting. I took some pride in the idea that perhaps in a very small way, Kindara played a role in moving this shift along.
And now this. Misogyny is striking back.
A woman's right to make choices about her own body is suddenly in question. A woman's right to access basic reproductive healthcare is in question. Terrifyingly, a woman's right to be treated with basic respect and compassion is in question.
This is all sickening. This is not the world I want to live in. And unfortunately it underscores the ongoing need for Kindara and others like us.
Women need allies now more than ever and Kindara can be one of those allies: A place for women to feel safe, respected, and cared for in a culture that will increasingly attempt to make them feel scared and disrespected. A place for women to get access to the information, resources, and the care they need in a culture that will attempt to spread mis-information and block access.
With the political system and large swaths of misogynistic voters leading us backward, away from a loving and just society, Kindara can continue to be a delivery vehicle for information, compassion and progress wrapped in a tech startup. A commitment in technology that together we'll end misogyny by fighting it wherever it rears it's ugly head. A device + community as a beacon to keep hope alive and signal that someones cares and wants to help.
The opportunity in this crisis is for us to provide the basic blocking and tackling that women are increasingly going to need for the next 4 years. Namely: safety, compassion, community, access to information, and access to care. What the political system is going to take from women, we can give to them.
This is one of the moral imperatives of our time, and something we can all be proud to fight for. If you are reading this, you're likely uniquely positioned to face this challenge and make a difference. Let us all rise to meet it.