A menstrual hygiene comic for girls in rural India
Meet sisters Anjali and Pooja. They have a lot of questions about the changes their bodies have begun going through and they've enlisted their friends, their myth-busting didi (she's a doctor!) and their mothers in search for answers. Join the adventure to find out what they've learned! 

You'll also get:

110+ pages of full-color illustrations

Guides to help you share what you've learned

Games, projects, and DIY instructions to make your own pads

A glossary of new and interesting words

Our number one priority is accessibility to the girls we strive to serve. Ordering 5 or more books? Receive bulk order discount. 

Additional heavy discounts available for:

  • Schools

  • NGOs

  • Libraries

Email us at SpreadingYourWingsComic@gmail.com 

An educational book teaching girls to value and care for their bodies. 

Spreading Your Wings is a 110+ page comic, in both Hindi and English, about puberty, menstrual hygiene, and social norms for girls in rural India. Poor menstrual hygiene accounts for female health problems throughout life, increases school drop-out rates, and encourages sexist discrimination.


Girls are eager to learn and care for their bodies, but they need exciting accessible resources that address the rural-specific problems they face – such as the absence of toilets or bathrooms – and encourage shedding the shame associated with this stigmatized subject. Our comic helps fill this need, providing a resource they can look to privately and can share with others. 


Author, Artistic Director, & Production Manager:
Ariana Abadian-Heifetz
Lead Illustrator:
Pia Alizé Hazarika
Project and Research Associate:
Nyamat Bindra
Gynecologist, Medical Consultant:
Dr. Bandana Sodhi
Editors & Translators:
Dr. Monalisa Padhee
Ritika Sharma
Concept Illustrator
Charu Choudha
Additional Support
Arima Singh 

Purnima and Ariana conducting a Menstrual Hygiene Management training in Uttar Pradesh

Photo Credit: The Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana


Hindi Pre-order


Thank you to all those who made our

crowdfunding campaign a success!

We exceeded our goal and raised a total of $10,713.

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In the News


We're excited to share the below features about Spreading Your Wings

"Spreading Your Wings normalises the female body and helps young minds connect with their body without any intrusion of patriarchal notions of womanhood. "

"Book Review: Spreading Your Wings, A Health Infocomic for Young Girls"

by Amudha MV, Feminism in India

"A Comic Book on Menstrual Hygiene is Helping Girls in Rural India Better Understand Their Bodies,"

by Neerja Deodhar, First Post 

"Celebrating Those Bloody Periods: A new comic book removes the culture of shame from the female body," 

by Shikha Kumar, Scroll.in

"American's Comic Book Teaches Menstrual Hygiene to Rural Girls,"

by Poorvi Gupta, SheThePeople

"Changing the Conversation Around Menstrual Hygiene," 

in the United State of Women blog

"New Comic Aims to Educate Girls on Menstrual Hygiene, Puberty," 

by Joanna Lobo, Mid-day

"Back This Project: A Menstrual Hygiene Comic for Girls in Rural India,"

by Deepali Agarwal, Book Riot


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