“Chella Quint is a force of nature.”
– Shami Chakrabarti, Of Women: In the 21st Century
Chella Quint is the UK’s leading expert on menstruation education. She is a comedian, improvisor, designer, artist, writer, presenter and education researcher from Brooklyn, New York who now lives in Sheffield, England. She coined the phrase ‘period positive’ in 2006 and founded the #periodpositive campaign which has spread around the world like a really big, friendly taboo-breaking period stain. She is a former head of PSHE (sex and relationships and life skills education), was a teacher researcher with the Gender Respect Project and advisor on the Gender Equality Charter for DECSY (Development Education Centre South Yorkshire) and now performs and consults for #periodpositive after completing a Master’s Degree in Education focusing on changing attitudes to menstruation in secondary schools. Her research has an accompanying #PeriodPositive project and website, and her five-star Edinburgh fringe show, Adventures in Menstruating, will be touring later this year and she is about to launch a crowd funder for a book for teens based on the show. Chella’s design portfolio is hosted here and you can also visit and make delightful purchases from her Etsy shop, Cut and Past.
Check out what Shami Chakrabarti’s new book Of Women in the 21st Century has to say about Chella!
“Chella Quint is a force of nature. A young clever comedian, like many of her peers before her she found that the research that went into preparing her comedic observations became something of a mission and campaign over time. ‘Adventures in Menstruating’ and ‘Lifting the Lid’ show her powers of historic and contemporary observation and wit… More recently (and not before time), there has been a heartening feminist twist in the development of advertising for feminine hygiene products… I have no doubt that the work of Chella Quint and others will have influenced this extremely positive development in popular culture. Most importantly, though, she speaks warmly, humorously and honestly about an experience shared by most women the world over for about 40-odd years of their lives. She advocates that both girls and boys should be properly taught about this aspect of life before the nonsense, fear, revulsion or shame sets in. I could not agree more.”
A lot of Chella’s work focuses on science and the environment, health promotion, media literacy, current events, sustainability and social justice, and she regularly works with charities and the public sector to advise, design educational materials and deliver workshops on challenging and controversial topics. She has worked frequently with The Sex Education Forum of the National Children’s Bureau and with Sexpression:UK. She developed new art for Sheffield as part of her Urban Turbines installation during Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind 2016.
Chella was the Off the Shelf Slam Champion 2014, winner of the Sheffield Hallam Prove It award for #periodpositive, won the Sheffield Docfest 2013 Specialist Factual New Talent award (for which she wrote and presented Lifting the Lid, a short film about menstruation education for the Open University), and often presents and provides research for segments on menstruation, science and education at live events and for film and radio. Her spoof fashion line, STAINS™, was featured in the highly acclaimed BLOOD exhibition at Science Gallery, Dublin in 2014 – 2015.
She frequently performs and comperes science communication comedy and improv shows, and creates interactive installations in the UK and abroad (check her schedule above for past and upcoming work), she is a regular contributor to the Manchester Science Festival, hosted the live-streaming Comedy Collider show, No cause for conCERN, from CERN in Geneva as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations, developed and performed a show based on her #IJustNeedSpace fanzine for the Institute of Physics as part of the Off the Shelf Festival, and intermittently tours her comedy show featuring other funny women in physics, Comedy in Space. She is a semi-regular panelist on Live-ish with Bernie Clifton for BBC Radio Sheffield, and is a frequent contributor to a number of UK podcasts and live standup improv shows, mostly in the North of England.