Meet 26-year-old Kiran Gandhi, the woman who ran the London Marathon without a tampon. Something a woman in our patriarchal society won’t even dare to think.
But Gandhi is different. She wanted to encourage women to not be embarrassed about their periods.
Gandhi, a Harvard Business School graduate, said that she got her period the night before the big race and thought that a tampon would be uncomfortable while she ran. So, she decided to let her blood flow freely.
But this was not the only reason. She said:
“I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don’t have access to tampons and sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn’t exist. I ran to say, it does exist, and we overcome it every day.”
Gandhi finished the race in four hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds. She ran through the pain of cramps and the anxiety of the race (which she had spent a year preparing for) and felt empowered. She said:
“I felt kind of like, Yeah! F— you! I felt very empowered by that. I did.”
After the race, she took photos with her family and friends, wearing her period-stained running pants proudly.