BBC News – The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary (Menstrual Man)

Ideas and Events

This article, featured in the Magazine section of BBC News, focuses on Arunachalam Muruganantham, known mainly for his work on producing cheap sanitary pads for poor women in India. Made (relatively) famous by the documentary film Menstrual Man (2013), his story is one of tenacity in the face of ridicule and ostracism, as despite the clear health benefits involved in providing sanitary pads to women, the issue was a taboo topic.

Indeed, his story is remarkable as an example of innovation and invention – while inventors are noted for their ingenuity in terms of the creative solution, and perserverance in the ability to continually try new ideas to achieve the final product, what they had to overcome was often simply the technical difficulty of research and development. Muruganantham, on top of all that, also had to deal with the fact that the very issue was one that, despite being objectively important…

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