Ashley Novoa is a first-generation immigrant who grew up in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.
She is the founding Executive Director of the Chicago Period Project (CPP), an organization that aims to “empower homeless and in-need people to experience their periods with dignity.” In an effort to demonstrate resilience to the November 8, 2016, presidential election outcome, Ashley and some other moms “harnessed their fears, uncertainty, and frustration to create CPP. The Chicago Period Project has generated thousands of menstrual hygiene product donations, created and distributed hundreds of Period Kits, raised money for operating costs, and formed partnerships with local businesses. CPP’s goal is for the 29 percent of Chicago residents living below the poverty line to have healthy periods, and for us to raise awareness about the issue.
When Ashley is not doing work for Chicago Period Project, she is busy being a stay-at-home mom to her two children, who often accompany her during her day-to-day work of dropping off donations.