Although it's hard to find a time in history when there wasn't some degree of social unrest, we can still see some encouraging signs that we're actually making progress.
And that becomes particularly clear when we see entire governments working to address problems that wouldn't be widely appreciated as recently as a generation ago. While social mavericks and groups fighting for social change have rallied against inequality for decades, the forms that this inequality can take are often more nuanced than we realize.
And in the case of period poverty, the invisibility of this issue had a lot to do with a stigma against openly discussing periods that is only starting to see some major pushback in recent years.
And one example from New Zealand shows what good can come when the underlying issues once hidden by that stigma are revealed and seriously challenged.