Blue Demons, Red Flow
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States earn an average of $14 million dollars per year on taxing feminine hygiene products. In contrast, it has been estimated by Nancy Kramer (the woman behind “Free the Tampons”) that it would take a mere $4.67 from all female students and staff to provide free sanitary products for women annually. Tampons and other sanitary devices are just one example of the many things women must pay for annually in order to maintain their health; birth control, PMS relief, and pap-smears are among the other costs that correspond with being female, all of which add up to cost hundreds of dollars every single year. At DePaul there is a needed push to provide the female population for access to free sanitary products. Just like condoms, tampons are not a product that should be kept from discussion or accessibility amongst staff and students. For some individuals, tampons are not an item that can be obtained due to financial constraints, average cost for tampons is $120 yearly. We demand free access to sanitary products on campus for both students and staff. These products should be made easily available - in all women’s bathrooms. The products should be appropriate, easy, and comfortable to use - no cardboard applicators! Coverage for these products should come from the average annual $40,000 tuition paid by each student, given the cost would only be half of $4.67 ($2.33) from all students and staff (both male and female).
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