In January 2016, Barack Obama became the first president to comment on menstruation when YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen asked him why tampons and pads are taxed as luxury items in 40 states. Hw writes: “I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.” Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui made top news for talking about her period at the Olympics. She finished 4th in the women’s 4x100-meter medley relay, she was doubled over in pain holding her stomach. When asked why, she says, “my period started last night, so I’m feeling pretty weak and really tired. But this isn’t an excuse. At the end of the day, I just didn’t swim very well.” Even Whoopi Goldberg started a medical marijuanacompany with an entire line of products aimed at helping with the pain of menstrual cramps.
When we now enter most of the women’s bathrooms of the NCC campus whether it is heading to their first class or the gym , they’ll find something new like in many campus bathrooms: free tampons and pads.
There’s been a lot of conversation about why pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury, but not a lot of action. Low-income students struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons.Brown University being one of the first higher-education institutions to implement this program. The putting of menstrual products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms,because after all not all people who menstruate are women. To set a tone of trans-inclusivity and not forget that they’re important to society.Of course I expect the internet trolls and the ignorant to pushback.All thanks to funding from the student-run undergraduate finance board menstrual products will be available in approximately 30 to 40 bathrooms across campus for the 2016–2017 school year. A lot of other student governments are going down the university route. We really want to encourage them to take matters into their own hands.Students at Brown aren’t the only ones going back to school this month with unprecedented access to menstrual products.As of this autumn, New York City public schools will provide free tampons and pads in all secondary school buildings. The move is part of the city’s landmark legislation, passed on 13 July 2016, ensuring free menstrual products in all public schools, shelters and correctional facilities. (In July, New York also became the 11th state to eliminate taxes on menstrual products. The new law went into effect on 1 September, yet some stores, including a handful of Duane Reade pharmacies in the city initially continued to charge the tax.
New York City launched a pilot program putting free menstrual products in one school last spring, then gradually expanded it to 25 schools. Students must feel comfortable during their classes so they can focus on learning, and having free, easy access to menstrual products is essential. Unlike toilet paper, which is provided for free in school restrooms, students are typically on their own to access menstrual supplies. Yet in order to be fully engaged in the classroom, these are as much of a necessity as pencils and paper. This is especially true for younger teens who are more likely to be caught off guard by the arrival of their period and without budgets of their own to buy emergency tampons or pads. This NEEDS TO CHANGE!