Although Dot International was technically founded by one person, it wouldn't have happened without the support, brilliance, skills, encouragement, advice, expertise, and love of probably 100 people. Dot is OUR collective story. I'm just the one typing it.
My name is Betsy, and I was introduced to (and fell in love with) the menstrual cup back in 2011. I'll never forget my first try - my roommate at the time literally had to google "How to remove a menstrual cup" and yell directions from the hallway! After a couple months I was hooked. Around the same time I was also introduced to the plight of women and girls around the world without access to basic menstrual care products. It stirred something inside me. The problem and its solution quite literally collided in my mind, heart, and hands, and the idea for a 1-for-1 menstrual cup company was born. Life got in the way though, and it wasn't until five years later that (while on maternity leave!) I decided to get serious about this dream I couldn't shake. I started researching the top medical-grade silicone manufacturers, sketching logos, combing through menstrual cup reviews and making lists of characteristics that would engineer the very best menstrual cup on the market. I also approached the #1 non-government provider of clean water in the world, World Vision International, with decades of proven success in sustainable community development, gender equality projects, and investment in the women of a community.
As I write this, I'm blown away by the fact that this dream now lives in the form of real menstrual cups being sent to real people so they can chase real dreams. This. is. REAL. And I'm so thankful for every single person who's been a part of making it so. This is just the beginning.
P.S. If you’d like to hear more of my story in building Dot, my general thoughts on periods, and what was going through my head during the early days building the company, check out one of my favorite interviews with the hosts of the Profresh Podcast.