To our LOLA community,
Like so many of you, we are heartbroken by the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black lives lost. We believe that Black Lives Matter, and we are committed to fighting for racial justice and equity in our country.
We built this company on a fundamental commitment to transparency. So, we want to be open about where we stand today.
While we’ve made strides in our commitment to improve women’s reproductive health through ingredient transparency, policy change, and access for those who can’t afford menstrual products, as founders, we know there have been many missed opportunities on our end to champion diversity and inclusion at LOLA. We haven’t done our part in addressing the massive racial disparities in reproductive health, or why they exist.
Black women are almost twice as likely to experience infertility than white women, but they seek medical treatment half as often. Black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer, with survival rates lower than white women at every stage of diagnosis. And in childbirth, Black women die 2.5x more often than white women.
This is systemic and unjust.
And we are missing essential perspectives, both within our organization and across our brand platforms, to effectively drive conversations and solutions. Currently, of 41 full-time and part-time employees, we are 72% white, 17% Asian, 8% Latinx, and 3% Black. Our board, while 60% female and 40% male, is all white.
We can, and we must, do better. We are committed to this work — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because until we take actionable steps forward to fight for racial justice, we will fall short of our mission to make reproductive health more equitable for all.
We have spent the last two weeks listening to our team and our community. Here are the immediate actions we’ve taken in response:
- Implemented a mandatory unconscious bias training for our full team, starting on 6/15
- Established a new, employee-led Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to audit hiring, company policies, and culture
- Created a forum for employees to share updates on volunteer opportunities, protest locations, what they’re reading, and how they are taking action
- Closed the office for Juneteenth to offer more time and space for reflection, contribution, and action
- Added 1 day of PTO for service and advocacy to support team members who want to protest, volunteer, or educate themselves
Here’s what we will be doing in the coming weeks:
- Use our brand voice and platforms to spotlight and fight racial disparities in women’s reproductive health
- Expand and refocus our philanthropy program to financially support women’s health organizations led by Black women and women of color
- Prioritize BIPOC representation in our content, starting with a commitment to diversity as we form a new collective of health and advocacy experts launching this summer
- Develop a set of questions for vetting new investors, agency, and influencer partners to ensure they align with our values and beliefs
- Enlist an external consultant to advise on team culture and recruiting practices, to ensure diverse candidates and new hires
We promise to regularly follow up on the progress we make, but until then, we invite you to hold us accountable to these commitments and continue this conversation with us by leaving a comment here.
While we may make some mistakes along the way, we’re committed to this work and grateful for your voices calling us to do better.
Alex & Jordana