“I think the younger generation is really interested in period poverty and talking about menstruation”
This was driven by students, naturally.
Auburn, University of Alabama now offer free period products on campus
The two largest universities in Alabama are now offering free period products on campus thanks to student-led efforts.
Auburn and the University of Alabama have begun to gradually install dispensers with feminine hygiene products in bathrooms and student centers during the course of this school year. Both universities are in a pilot phase and are providing products in select, highly trafficked buildings in order to determine how much the tampons and pads are used.
Students who organized efforts at both schools hope to expand availability across each campus by next school year.
The universities are the first in the state to offer free period products. Earlier this year, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill to establish a grant program that funds free pads and tampons in Title I K-12 schools — an effort that was also led by students in Montgomery.
“I think the younger generation is really interested in period poverty and talking about menstruation,” said Regan Moss, founder of Auburn’s chapter of Period, a youth-led nonprofit working to end period poverty that organized the university’s effort. “People are really fed up with the fact that there’s so much stigma around something people experience every month.”
Period poverty is the inadequate access to menstrual hygiene products and information. It’s an issue that, in the U.S., is mostly faced by school students and homeless women and girls.
“A lot of people that were involved in Period either at our specific chapter or across the country, have just been super frustrated that they themselves had to experience [period poverty] knowing that there are really tangible solutions,” said Moss.
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