June 9, 2022 - "Class Period" - by Christina Iverson and Shirley Wong

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're thrilled to publish this collaboration by Christina Iverson and Shirley Wong. Congratulations to Shirley on her world debut -- we're honored to host it! We think you'll find their puzzle moderately challenging and very instructive.

Christina is a crossword constructor and the assistant editor for the LA Times Crossword. When she's not working on puzzles, she can often be found reading, knitting, biking or hiking. She lives with her husband and two young children in Ames, IA. Find Christina on Twitter at @xtinaiverson.

Shirley lives in Sydney, Australia having spent some years working in Hong Kong. Her love for language plays out in her day job as a lawyer and her insistence on solving a crossword a day, often at the cost of sleep. She decided to try her hand at construction after she started seeing theme ideas in everyday life and has been encouraged along by the inclusive and supportive community of crossword constructors. She is very proud to make her debut in such a worthy platform as The Inkubator.

Brooke is donating her editors fee for this puzzle to period.org and, along with Christina, Shirley and the rest of the Inkubator team, invites you to educate yourself about menstrual inequity. Menstrual inequity, also known as period poverty, is the lack of or inadequate access to pads and other period products, washing facilities, and waste systems. People experiencing period poverty may miss school or work while they are menstruating, or may use makeshift products that carry dangerous health risks. Neither SNAP or WIC cover pads and tampons, and only twelve states have laws that require prisons to provide pads and tampons to menstruating people. The lack of adequate period products in prisons and jails, which are sometimes required to be purchased with prisoners' extremely limited means, is a widespread problem that can lead to toxic shock, infertility, and infection; can limit menstruating prisoners' visits with family, friends, and lawyers; and can create a power dynamic that can lead to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. We hope that with new legislation and prison reform/abolition this need can be addressed, and we grieve for the people who have and will continue to suffer until period poverty is eliminated.

Coming up next, on June 16: a super-fresh themeless banger from Rose Sloan.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke