Period Policy is Feminist Policy Panel moderated by Congresswoman Pressley
As we begin 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.
This year, as the State is preparing it’s priorities for the state budget – we demand that the feminization of poverty is not ignored. Periods do not stop during pandemics.
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.
Legislators are deciding their priorities now, and we need them to both co-sponsor and champion H.2354 & S.2730: An Act Relative to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products in Prisons, Homeless Shelters and Public Schools (I AM bill) in the 192nd legislative session and not relegate period poverty invisible anymore.
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.