Period Policy is Feminist Policy Panel moderated by Congresswoman Pressley

No one should have to choose between food, a roof over their head, their education, and access to menstrual products and yet every day in Massachusetts, menstruators are forced to make exactly that choice.

As we near the end of the 192nd Legislative Session – we know we cannot go back to business as usual. The pandemic has reminded us how essential toilet paper and toiletries are – and as we know, menstrual products too. With homelessness and food insecurity on the rise, so is period poverty. Homeless shelters should not need to leave the health and wellbeing of homeless menstruators to the whims of charity. Massachusetts has the opportunity to change that.

We demand that the feminization of poverty is not ignored. Periods do not stop during pandemics.

In March 2022 the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed S.2730/H.2354: An Act Relative to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products in Prisons, Homeless Shelters and Public Schools (I AM bill) – and yet this bill has yet to be brought to a vote in the House of Representatives. 

We have models of best practices for implementation in schools, shelters & prisons right here in Massachusetts, and if passed the ‘I AM bill’ would ensure this right statewide. Contact your State Representative today and demand that the I AM Bill be brought to a vote in the House!

Founded in 2019, the MA Menstrual Equity Coalition is a group of menstrual activists, advocacy organizations, non profits, businesses, and public servants who’ve come together to end period poverty statewide. Learn more on our website, and join us!

What we know.

We distributed our “State of Menstrual Access Survey” to school nurses, shelter administrators, and Sheriffs across the state. We received responses from 230 schools, all six county correctional facilities, and homeless shelters from all over Massachusetts. Based on those responses, here’s what we know about the state of menstrual access in the Commonwealth.

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