On Monday, 40 students and some adults marched near Education Department headquarters in Washington, calling on Secretary Betsy DeVos to take action to combat what they call “period poverty.” Their list of demands included comprehensive period education for students of all genders before age 12 and programs that would equip K-12 school bathrooms with free menstrual products.
Groups Seek Federal Focus on Period Products
United for Access, a campaign led by feminine hygiene company THINX and nonprofit PERIOD, plans to release a letter today to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that asks her to address “period poverty” by outlining a plan to provide free menstrual products to students in U.S. schools.
— Last year, schools in California and Illinois were among those that started stocking the products as a result of law changes that sought to assist low-income girls, some of whom stay home from school because they can’t afford menstrual products. The groups will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Monday outside the department.
Rally to Repeal the Tampon Tax
Video coverage of the week of action leading up to Period Con. Period @ Ohio State University held a press conference with Beatrice to resubmit their bill to eliminate the tampon tax, which passed the house last year but failed in the Senate.
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33. Nadya Okamoto: At 16, she founded Period, an NGO that aims to destigmatize menstruation and eradicate period poverty (not being able to afford sanitary products and resorting to using unsafe materials). Now 20, she is taking a break from Harvard to continue her crusade because, she says, “menstrual hygiene isn’t a privilege; it’s a right.”
FemBeat: Period Poverty Is A Thing, Even In The U.S.
This week, the period-proof underwear brand THINX released a video to raise awareness around period poverty (i.e. when a girl or a woman cannot afford to buy period products like tampons or pads.) Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, a women’s advocate and attorney; Nadya Okamoto, founder of the non-profit PERIOD; and Fatimata Gassama, an 8th grade student and member of Girls Inc., all share their views on this pivotal issue. There is now a petition going around, pleading the U.S. Secretary of Education, Elisabeth Dee DeVos, to help end period poverty.
Menstrual hygiene is a basic human right. Period.
A&M-Corpus Christi will offer free pads and tampons starting in the fall
President Kelly Quintanilla announced period products will be made available to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students by the fall semester. Clad in red like students and activists who gathered to promote the effort on Thursday, Quintanilla said the university is "fully committed to making this happen." "Everything will be in place starting fall semester, if not sooner," she said Thursday. "We're really excited to provide another source and resource to our students ... to make sure our students have what they need to be successful."