We are working to end period poverty in our lifetime.

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This is The Period Project

to increase the ability of women, girls and all who menstruate to live life fully, without interruption in necessary activities like school and work – by increasing access to free and safe period products

to ensure the end to period poverty in Utah

to work to end period poverty in the U.S.A.

Because it matters to our girls. It matters to women. It matters to all who menstruate. And when we lift them,
EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC benefits.

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THE CURRENT PERIOD PROJECT CAMPAIGN:

ACCESS TO PERIOD PRODUCTS IN UTAH PUBLIC + CHARTER SCHOOLS

THE ISSUE:

Basic period products needs for girls have been largely overlooked in our public and charter school systems.

Similar to a spontaneous bloody nose, menstruation is an involuntary monthly physical occurrence for every female that disrupts school and ALL activity if unmanaged.

School-age girls are at the highest risk for mis- or under-managed menstruation as almost ALL begin their periods before they are able to legally work (90 percent menstruate by age 13), and they rarely have control over family finances or the ability to drive to a store to purchase period products.

Lack of access to period products leads to missed school, health risks, lower confidence, shame, embarrassment, and missing out on myriad beneficial programs thoughtfully put in place for students.

The Breakdown

Many female students would rather miss class than go to school while menstruating if they lack access to period products.

%

(almost 7 out of 10 girls) due to a lack of access to period products.

%

of women stated they have started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need

%

improvised by “Macgyvering” a tampon or pad out of toilet paper or something else.

%

went home immediately to get period products

%

— one in four — of teenage girls surveyed can’t afford to purchase menstrual products.

%

of women in poverty have chosen between a meal or purchasing period products

For children experiencing period poverty” (the lack of access to menstrual products), the results lead to lowered confidence and continuous disruptions in their education. Period products are as necessary to menstruating children as toilet paper is to the general public.  

PERIOD POVERTY IN OUR SCHOOLS LOOKS LIKE:

One Salt Lake student who recounted that her parents are unable to provide period products, so when she is menstruating, she lies on towels on her couch.

One Utah custodian mentioned how she wipes blood off of classroom seats “often.”

One girl Granite School District student uses cotton balls because they are less expensive than period products.

GREAT NEWS!

‘Period poverty’ is an antiquated stumbling block for growth that is easily removed.

The Simple Solution

The Utah Legislature implements legislation to increase access to free, safe, and good quality menstrual products in Utah’s public and charter schools. Menstrual products should be placed in school bathrooms to ensure accessibility and privacy. The result will immediately and positively address issues of education, public health, and medical privacy for many Utah children.

PRIVATE DONOR MATCH!

Private donors support want to see Utah’s girls succeed and have pitched in over a MILLION DOLLARS to pay for ALL dispensers for EVERY Utah school girl and unisex bathroom.

Positive Outcomes

Providing period products…

  1. Raises educational outcomes across the state in EVERY female demographic.
  2. Intervenes with our most vulnerable students and allows them to learn with confidence and dignity.
  3. Allows all students to learn without disruption of an uncontrolled health need.
  4. De-stigmatizes and de-sexualizes menstruation.
  5. Respects student’s right to privacy in managing their period in the bathroom with the needed products readily available.
  6. Encourages other entities in the state to destigmatize periods and to provide period products to increase productivity in educational settings as well as the workplace.
  7. Increases productivity levels in both education and workforce.
  8. Minimizes public health costs by prevention versus treatment (e.g. infections from using unsafe products, etc.)
  9. Creates fairness by removing gender-inherent barriers to school attendance for girls and underserved communities.

FAQ

Why can’t we just put them in high school bathrooms?

The average child starts a period at age 12 – around 6th grade.  For 10-15% of girls, menstruation begins at 7 – 1st or 2nd grade.  Age of onset is trending younger, especially for children in underserved communities.

What about vandalism and over-use?

There is always a possibility of waste (or misusage) of period products when they are newly introduced in schools. According to Aunt Flow’s professionals in the field, the usage returns to normal rate after a period of “getting used” to having new product present. The study reflects similar pattern as other bathroom products like toilet paper or paper towels, where usage increased and then returned to normal after novelty faded.

How do we know that it will have impact?

When piloted in other states, they saw a 2.4% increase in school attendance in schools offering free period products.

Has it been implemented anywhere else?

University of Utah, Utah State University, Salt Lake City public buildings, Disneyland, Arkansas public and charter schools and public universities, San Diego County, California public school and public universities, Illinois school districts and charter schools. Public schools in New Hampshire, New York and Australia. Free period products for all in Scotland. Other states that have passed related legislation for free menstrual products: Colorado, Delaware, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, Missouri, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia. Many other states and countries have proposed legislation.

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