This week is Period Poverty Awareness Week, which is dedicated to addressing gaps in our healthcare system for girls, women and people who menstruate.
Did you know that: two in five people have struggled to purchase period products, according to 2021 study conducted by U by Kotex®. The study also uncovered how period poverty is disproportionately impacting Black and Latina people, as well as how COVID-19 exacerbated this public health issue. Key findings include:
- A quarter of Black (23%) and Latina (24%) people with periods strongly agree that they’ve struggled to afford period products in the past year.
- 27% of all respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to access period products, with two-thirds (65%) of those who have struggled stating they lacked access because they could not afford them.
- Over one-third (38%) of low-income women report missing work, school or similar events due to lack of access to period supplies.
Period poverty is a public health crisis impacting more than 16 million people in the United States. This week, along with our friends at the United State of Women & others, we are calling you to action.
Contact your legislators this week and ask them to support the Menstrual Equity for All Act, which would cover menstrual products under Medicaid, provide free products in federal and state correctional facilities, and establish a grant program to support free products in higher education institutions.
We believe in increasing equitable access to all those who menstruate. Let’s #EndPeriodPoverty.