Kiran Gandhi Free bled at the London Marathon to Drive a Conversation About Sexism and Period Stigma

“If there’s one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want. On the marathon course, sexism can be beaten. Where the stigma of a woman’s period is irrelevant, and we can re-write the rules as we choose. Where a woman’s comfort supersedes that of the observer.⁣

“I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don’t have access to tampons and sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn’t exist. I ran to say, it does exist, and we overcome it every day.”⁣

Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name ’Madame Gandhi’, is an artist and activist based in Los Angeles. ⁣

Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and as the iconic free-bleeding menstrual runner at the 2015 London Marathon, she now writes her own electronic music that elevates and celebrates the female voice. ⁣

Kiran holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and women’s studies from Georgetown, and an MBA from Harvard. She has spoken and performed extensively at SXSW (South by South West) and has also been invited as a nominated changemaker to the White House by the United State of Women for its annual summit. ⁣

She has also been featured on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and her 2018 “Own Your Voice” TED Talk has been viewed 200,000+ times. ⁣

Her EP: ’Voices’ is a culmination of her experiences to date and explores themes of modern feminism.⁣

Source:, madame gandhi’s blog

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