Dr Sally King

Department of Women & Children's Health/ Medicine, King’s College London

Mentor: Dr Kim Jonas

Project title: Disentangling gender and racial myths from clinical descriptions of female prevalent symptoms

Sally founded the Menstrual Matters website in 2016, which remains the only evidence-based information hub on menstrual health and associated rights issues (www.menstrual-matters.com).  Her PhD research integrated physiological, epidemiological, clinical, and critical health data to identify the influence of gender and racial myths in expert and lay descriptions of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), and female prevalent (reproductive) health conditions more generally. One of the main factors in the unintentional perpetuation of these myths appeared to be the reduction of healthy menstrual physiology to just its hormonal coordination within medical training and school education. During the ESRC fellowship, Sally will be writing a book and several articles based on her doctoral research and launching a public petition to include more comprehensive menstrual physiology in UK schools. Sally is a board member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and a member of several UK government, civil society, and activist groups.