inclusive & unapologetic education:
bringing sexual health to the Midwest.
Right and left we are seeing drastic cuts to city budgets for education and protection. Even though it’s been deemed as ineffective, abstinence-only is still the main method taught in school. Puberty lessons are filled with shame and embarrassment, and are far from educational. The culture around condom use continues to be stigmatized, even though they are our safest defense against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Menstrual products are difficult to come by for many, are hurting the environment, and continue to be taxed as a luxury item.
Barrier Babes believes in transparency, especially when it comes to sexual health education. We aim to work with the community to bring a safe and inclusive environment, where even the seemingly most embarrassing questions are comfortably asked. The folx and youth of Kansas City deserve to have access to resources, education, and products they need.
Our goal is to be a one stop shop when it comes to sexual health resources and events in the area—our website will become an online database to find anything you were wondering about. We aim to work with the community to bring a safe and inclusive environment, where even the most embarrassing questions are comfortably asked. Please submit us an article about something YOU want to share!
Barrier Babes strives to educate on topics of sexuality, health, and menstruation through educational programming and to provide important resources such as tampons and pads in local schools, and condoms in businesses like local bars and hangout spots. Our hope is that by providing crucial sex education and protection, we can tackle rising STI rates, as well as the stigma around sex and menstruation. Our mission is to change the sexual health landscape of Kansas City for the better.
Meet the friends
behind the scenes
Madison Womack is the Founder and CEO of Barrier Babes, and is based out of Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in St. Louis, where she learned of her passion for healthcare and equality within it. After finishing high school, she headed for the Sunflower State. Four years later, she received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas, with a degree in Community Health and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her favorite course, Human Sexuality, became a personal guide for her work to come. Post-graduation, she reflected on her own sex ed from middle and high school, which was a district-wide policy of "abstinence only" education. After exploring a few nonprofit organizations, Madison realized a lack of comprehensive education, specifically when it came to sexual health. Today, through an intersectional lens, Madison strives to find spaces to not only include education, but to require it. She hopes to change the language around sexual health education for the better.
Micheala Mathiesen is the Chief Operating Officer of Barrier Babes and is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. During her childhood, Micheala was enrolled in a youth facing adversity program called Big Brothers Big Sisters. After completing her Bachelor of Business Administration, she kicked off her non-profit career as the Volunteer Services Coordinator and Junior Board Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. While at BBBSKC, Micheala collaborated with the local Homeless Period Project to host a Period Packing Party for the kids within the BBBSKC organization. This is where her passion for addressing period poverty and overall sexual health education ignited. Micheala began pursuing her Master's in Public Administration with a Nonprofit emphasis at University of Missouri - Kansas City and is set to graduate in December of 2020. Micheala hopes to utilize her education to help Barrier Babes grow into a large-scale force of inclusive sexual education for all within Kansas City.
Chief Operating Officer
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