Ignite the Fight to End Period Poverty in Schools!

PERIOD is fighting to end period poverty and the period stigma. We believe that menstrual hygiene is a right, not a privilege -- that every person should be able to discover and reach their full potential, regardless of a natural need. Lack of access to menstrual products can create a barrier to equal opportunity in education -- even causing students with periods to miss or be late to class, or feel anxious about their period care.

PERIODS ARE NATURAL, AND PERIOD PRODUCTS SHOULD BE FREE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL STUDENTS.

Our chapters have been fighting to get period products in their schools and school districts, and we’ve already seen successes in Portland Public SchoolsOhio State UniversityUC DavisTexas A&M Corpus ChristiHarvard, and more! Our local efforts are spreading to universities, schools, and school districts across the country through our network of over 300 chapters.

Earlier this year, we went to the Department of Education to take our fight to end period poverty to the national level. Our United for Access petition, done in partnership with THINX has over 44,000 signatures already. We demand that the Department of Education acknowledge period products as necessities, advocate for policies that support students who menstruate, and make period products free and accessible for all public school restrooms.

Before we can effect systemic change through legislation, we need to better understand the magnitude of this issue. We are asking the Department of Education to commission a study to determine the impact period poverty has on students in the United States. Our Senators and Representatives are sending their own letter to the DOE in support of this study. By joining our campaign on ActionNetwork you can easily take action and encourage your friends to join the fight.

Join our fight to End Period Poverty In Schools!

ACTION 1: Involve your US Senators and Representatives in the fight to end period poverty in schools! Meet with them in person and ask them to sign our letter (see below) or allocate money to end Period Poverty. Or easily send them a letter using our Campaign on ActionNetwork.

ACTION 2: Sign our national petition to the Department of Education if you haven't already! We're almost halfway to our goal of 100,000 signatures. You can quickly email friends and share on social media to broaden your reach.

ACTION 3: Work locally in your community to get period products in schools. Start a chapter (school, community, or individual) to get access to our full policy toolkit, or email taia@period.org for more information on how to get started.

You can also get involved in the menstrual movement by starting a chapter, hosting a packing party, or starting your own fundraising page. (See below).

 

Letter from U.S. Senators and Representatives:

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