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Free feminine products debated at local schools

 

March 4, 2020

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"A lot of people assume there are products available, but girls have to jump through unnecessary hoops to take care of a human bodily function," said Niwot teacher Cassandra Longo. NHS wants to be a leader in equity, and show support for female students. One way students and faculty believe they can provide that is by increasing access to feminine products on campus.

On Feb. 26, Scotland made global history by passing the Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill, officially making tampons and sanitary pads freely available to women in public places. There was no parliamentary opposition to this historic act, making it a "milestone moment for normalising menstruation in Scotland and sending out that real signal to people in this country about how seriously parliament takes gender equality," according to its creator, Monica Lennon.

In the United States, where an average woman is estimated to spend $6,360 on feminine products in her lifetime between...



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JillyG writes:

Why is this debatable? Of course there should be easy access to menstrual products in our schools. We have one of the most affluent school districts in the state; we can absolutely afford to do this for our young women. I’m shocked we are not already providing this basic service. I see tampons readily available in many public bathrooms these days; restaurants/coffee shops, even ski resorts...why not our schools? It’s long past due we “normalize” the female menstrual cycle and take away the social stigma that’s been attached for so many years. For goodness sake!!! School is supposed to be a place of learning, growing and support. Let’s make this a real life application. Maybe us Moms could start an underground movement and just place boxes of tampons & pads in the bathrooms when we volunteer at school? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Let’s go, SVVSD.

 
 
 

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