Founded in 2015

Lysne Tait & Amy Stephenson

Meet Our Executive Director

Lysne Tait

Photo Credit: Sarrah Gani

A nationally recognized leader in the fight to end period poverty, Lysne Tait is the co-founder
and executive director of Helping Women Period.

Since its launch in 2015, Helping Women Period has provided more than 4 million products to
menstruators in need throughout Michigan, and works to end period poverty through
partnerships, advocacy, donations and education. Lysne and Helping Women Period have been
featured in Oprah’s O Magazine, TeenVogue,, Forbes, and more.

Lysne has become a powerful voice at the state Capitol, where she was instrumental in the fight
to end Michigan’s tampon tax, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signing the repeal in 2021. Lysne
also successfully worked with lawmakers to secure funding for the Helping Women Period Pilot
Project, a test program to provide menstrual products to students in need in school districts
across the state.

Lysne’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, fund development, event planning and
social media.

Prior to her work at Helping Women Period, Lysne was a self-proclaimed “perpetual volunteer,”
known for getting involved with the community by supporting the work of nonprofits such as
the Firecracker Foundation. Passionate about making connections and volunteerism, she
founded the popular Facebook group called Not Your Mother’s Networking Group, which has
grown to more than 20,000 members. The group is a place of authentic dialogue, connecting
group members with recommendations and support.

Lysne received a bachelor’s degree in Education and Communication from Eastern Michigan
University before teaching for six years. Lysne is an avid reader and literature enthusiast,
reading at least 150 books a year. She sits on the board for the Dewitt District Library and is
currently writing her first book.


Make A Donation

Helping Women Period is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, committed to supplying menstrual health products to people that menstruate who are either homeless or low-income. With your donation, we can buy in bulk quantities. Any donation amount is appreciated and a little goes a long way to purchasing products.


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