Holly Grigg-Spall

Holly Grigg-Spall

Holly is the author of the bestselling book ‘Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control.’ The book was released in 2013 and has since become an underground phenomenon.
She is a consulting producer on a feature documentary inspired by ‘Sweetening the Pill,’ which is currently in production. The film is directed by Abby Epstein and executive produced by Ricki Lake (the team behind the paradigm-shifting ‘The Business of Being Born’).
You may know Holly from her Guardian Op-Ed on the pill and mental health side effects, which was ranked as the most-read comment piece of 2016. The story went viral, became a Twitter Moment, and as a result she was featured by the Washington Post and interviewed for NPR (to name just a couple).
Vice has named Holly “the poster girl for a movement of women abandoning the pill in favor of contraceptives that don’t wreak havoc on their body and mind.”
Holly’s work has featured in both American and British Vogue; she has collaborated on an article about the pro-period revolution with Alanis Morissette, and produced a piece on male birth control options with Mayim Bialik.
Holly was a speaker at SXSW and Loom in 2017 where she presented on women’s wellness and femtech. She also leads workshops for women choosing to go off hormonal birth control in Los Angeles and around the US.

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