Allyson Crays ’24 Awarded Third Place in If/When/How Writing Competition


12.12.22 — Allyson Crays ’24 has taken third place in the If/When/How 2022 Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights and Justice. The annual prize is sponsored by If/When/How (IWH), the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ) at UC Berkeley School of Law to encourage innovative analysis and advocacy in writing about reproductive rights and justice issues. The suggested theme for 2022 was “Supporting Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Beyond Roe v. Wade.” Crays’ award-winning paper, “Limitations of Menstrual Equity Advocacy and a Path Towards Justice” will be published in the UCLA Journal of Gender & Law.

“I am beyond honored and grateful to receive this award,” said Crays, who is currently on co-op at the ACLU of Massachusetts in the legislative department. “Reproductive justice and menstrual justice are two topics near and dear to my heart. Now, more than ever, it is important to talk about the intersection of reproductive justice and menstrual justice and I hope this piece will help advocates fight for both. Congratulations to all of the other finalists and thank you to the sponsors for this opportunity!”

Crays is an executive board member of Northeastern Law's If/When/How chapter and serves as an associate editor of the Northeastern Law Review. She also serves on the board of directors of the global menstrual equity organization PERIOD and is a member of the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition. She will be a teaching assistant for Northeastern Law’s Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) this spring.

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