THE FACTS. PERIOD.

UNITED STATES:

 

While you can buy, using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, food items including bread, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, and dairy products… you can not buy toilet paper, diapers, tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant or menstrual health products. (FYI, you can also use SNAP to buy sugary drinks, alcoholic mixers and bows/arrows in Alaska.)

A 2018 Always brand survey found nearly 1 in 5 American girls has missed school due to lack of period protection. 

23% of students have struggled to afford period products. Lower income students and students of color are more impacted by this problem than their white counterparts.

86% of people have started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need.  34% went home immediately to get supplies.

 
 

Approximately 70% of women of menstruating age in the United States use tampons. A woman may use more than 16,000 tampons in her life.

 

 

Most states carry a sales tax on feminine hygiene products. (30 as of 5/21)

 

 

Some women have reported giving up their food stamps for money to buy tampons.

 

 

WORLDWIDE:

 

Scotland is the first country in the world to make period products free to anyone who needs them.

 

Britain finally axed its "luxury sales tax" on menstrual products in 2021 after a years-long campaign by supporters. (Yes, they were considered a non-essential, luxury item! Oh, men's razors are not taxed.  Go figure!)

 

As of July 1, 2015, feminine hygiene products, including tampons, pads, and menstrual cups, are no longer subject to Canada’s five percent “Goods and Services” tax.

 

Findings from a report highlighting Bangladesh, where 80% of factory workers are women, show that 60% of them were using rags from the factory floor for menstrual cloths.

 

 

Girls in rural Uganda miss up to eight days of study each school term because they have their periods.

 

 

Approximately one in four people on earth is a woman of childbearing age. (2002)

 

 

STILL INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?  HERE ARE SOME COOL PLACES TO START:

 

The Menstrual Health Hub blog

"Periods Gone Public," by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

"Red Moon Gang," by Tara Costello

"Girls Helping Girls. Period." The Times of Israel/The Jewish Standard 

PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. YOU BET THEY HAVE! 

And we could not be more excited to have been a part of this journey with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. We highly recommend this book as a resource on all things. Period. (And check out the third page of the Introduction to learn about our tiny little part of creating this amazing work.) We all have a long way to go before we can stop talking about periods, and we are lucky to have Jennifer leading the way!