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Back to School Rally To End Period Poverty

September 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition, Mass NOW & Youth for Period Equity at the Back to School Rally for Period Equity on Thursday, Sept 23rd 5-6PM in front of the Massachusetts State House and online! Join virtually here!

Youth who menstruate across Massachusetts are outraged by the current period poverty crisis. Period poverty is a new term coined for a longstanding issue: the inequitable cost of menstrual products. Many struggling with menstrual inequity are forced to resort to unsanitary options, ration, or use their products for an unsafe duration of time.
We believe it is a fundamental human right to have access to menstrual products. We are calling for the Massachusetts legislature to pass S.1445/H2354, the I AM Bill, an expansive measure that would ensure free access to period products in public schools, shelters, prisons, and jails.The bill has over 60 co-sponsors and was co-written by Mass NOW and the offices of its lead sponsors Representative Jay Livingstone, Representative Christine Barber & Senator Pat Jehlen.

Founded in 2019, the MA Menstrual Equity Coalition is a group of 200+ menstrual activists and 70+ advocacy organizations, non profits, businesses, and public servants who’ve come together to end period poverty statewide. Cambridge Public Schools started their pilot program in 2016, Somerville, Brookline & Boston have followed suit.  If passed, the “I AM bill” would ensure this right statewide and be the most comprehensive state period policy in the country. In January 2020 the Massachusetts Legislature authorized $500,000 for menstrual products in shelters in the Economic Development Bond Bill – passing period policy for the first time ever in Massachusetts history. This year, the ‘I AM bill’ was heard by the Joint Committee on Public Health on June 7th and is awaiting a favorable report. 

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Date:
September 23
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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