Krithika Shamanna

Making a difference doesn’t always require a huge change - you can always start small and build on it!

After recognizing that many of her peers were missing school due to a lack of access to menstrual products, Krithika founded the LaunchPad Initiative in Westwood High School. Through organizing fundraisers and crowdfunding campaigns, she has been able to restock all bathrooms in her school with free products twice a week, every week. Krithika reached out to Deeds Not Wordsin hopes of taking her initiative to the next level. Last week, she presented a plan to the Austin Women’s Commission to encourage a permanent policy solution!


Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Krithika Shamanna: I’m a senior at Westwood High School and I’m super passionate about women’s rights!

What are you currently working on to make change in your community?
KS: 
A few years ago I started the LaunchPad Initiative to provide free feminine hygiene products at my school. Currently, I’m working with Deeds Not Words to lobby for legislation to provide free feminine hygiene products in all public spaces in Austin.

What advice would you give to other young girls who are looking to make a difference, but don't know where to start?
KS: I would tell other young girls that everyone feels that way at some point or another! Making a difference doesn’t always require a huge change - you can always start small and build on it!

What's are you biggest hopes/dreams for the future?
KS:
 My biggest hope for the future is that every city in the country will someday have free access to feminine hygiene products! I also hope for progress surrounding the stigma around menstruation.

Words can’t express how proud we are of Krithika! It’s passionate #ChangeMakers like Krithika who fuel our work and keep us feeling positive about the future!