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Period Poverty and the Fight for Menstrual Equity

The Period Project: Period Poverty and the Fight for Menstrual Equity

Ms. Magazine
By Allison M. Whelan and Emily Spears

“More than one in five teenagers have struggled to afford menstrual products, according to one study, and more than four in five have either missed class or know a classmate who missed class because they did not have access to menstrual products.

“These and other examples illustrate the concept of period poverty, which undergirds the movement for menstrual equity — or “the affordability, accessibility and safety of menstrual products.” It also includes education, reproductive care, ensuring individuals have accessible and affordable options for how they want to care for their menstrual health, and ending the stigma around menstruation.”

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