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El Cerrito High Student Wins New York Times Student Podcast Contest

Genevieve pictured with her club members choosing pads and tampons to give to homeless shelter. By Destiny Caster

Upcoming El Cerrito High School senior

El Cerrito High School student, Genevieve Schweitzer won The New York Times’ second annual student podcast contest with her podcast Period PovertyThe winning podcast was one of 12 winners, 35 entries, and nearly 900 submissions.

Genevieve first produced the podcast for the KQED Youth Takeover. KQED’s Youth Takeover opened its airwaves to teenagers to bring their stories from West Contra Costa Unified School District for the second year in a row. Richmond High School and El Cerrito High took part in KQED's Youth Takeover. This attention-grabbing, informative piece brought a rarely mentioned topic to life.

 Tampons and pads on a conveyor belt at Target According to her podacst of KQED, from a young age she had been donating general hygiene products to a women’s shelter in Berkeley. After starting a feminist club at her school and began researching relevent feminist issues, one being poor women lacking the access to menstrual products. This year her club donated menstrual products to the Alameda County Homeless Clinic, “hoping to make a difference in some women’s lives."

More states within the United States are considering on repealing the “tampon tax” and making menstrual products more affordable. Women’s voices are being heard, like Genevieve are making sure that period poverty is known as a human rights issue as stated by her during her podcast for KQED. 

**Pictures credited to Genevieve from her Feminist Club Instagram Account**