MAKING HISTORY: Judy Blume Writes About Puberty... and Menstruation
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS.
Today we celebrate beloved author Judy Blume, who broke ground in the 1970s writing honest depictions of puberty, geared for young adults to read as they are going through it. From Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to Deenie to Forever and a whole bookshelf worth of other works, Blume forewent the conventions of the time to write compassionate stories about what adolescent girls go through emotionally and physically-- from buying a bra to tackling menstruation. Unfortunately for some, she was a bit ahead of her time and the idea of even mentioning puberty or menstruation was censorship worthy!
Blume's thoughts on her books being censored:
"There was this feeling that...if my kids don't read about it, they won't know about it, and it'll never happen to them."