A proud moment for Adelaide as a student at the University of Adelaide, Isobel Marshall was announced as the Young Australian of the Year for 2021.
Marshall, a 22-year-old medical student, co-founded the menstrual product company TABOO in high school. Alongside her friend Eloise Hall, their goal was to fight period poverty and raise awareness of the restricted access of sanitary products in disadvantaged areas.
At 18-years old and in their final year of high school the two thought of the idea. Following through in their gap year, they began crowdfunding to start the production of their ethically sourced organic menstrual products. Raising $56,000, they were able to launch their sanitary products in August 2019. 100 per cent of the profits made go towards One Girls — a charity that provides education for girls and women in Sierra Leone and Uganda.
“The natural biological function experienced by half the world’s population is still a major reason for inequality,” Marshall said during her acceptance speech.
“Periods should not be a barrier to education. They should not cause shame, and menstrual products should be accessible and affordable. They are not a luxury or a choice.”
Adelaide Premier Steven Marshall said Ms Marshall was “a true inspiration for our entire nation”.
“I think all South Australians should feel immensely proud of what she has achieved,” Mr Marshall said.
To support Isobel’s work and help the fight against period poverty, have a look at the TABOO website here.