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Schools and students should have Pads and Tampons for Free

Students are fundraising and organising to ensure that menstrual products are available in restrooms in schools, despite the lack of legislation.

What you should know about

  • Mahoro Amani is the president of the student council at Miami Arts Charter High School, Florida. He is insisting that the school offer free menstrual products to students who use the restrooms.

  • The state of Florida does not require schools to provide menstrual products to students. Period equity legislation has been introduced in 37 states over the last year, however only five states require schools to offer menstrual products.

  • According to a research funded by the advocacy group PERIOD 23 percent of students have had to struggle to afford period products, and 70% of students said that their school environment made them feel self-conscious about their period.

  • Some students miss class time because they don’t have access to period products. After the introduction of tampons in restrooms, New York City saw a 2.4% increase in attendance at the girls’ high school.

  • For those resistant to legislation addressing period inequity costs are often cited as a concern. According to Free the Tampon, period products for students in public schools could cost between $5 and $7 per year.

This is a summary of an article, “The Case for Free Tampons and Pads in Schools,” published by NPR on December 2. You can read the complete article on

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