Elizabeth Seton High School: Free Period Products in our Bathrooms

Elizabeth Seton High School: Free Period Products in our Bathrooms

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Mia Ivatury started this petition to ESHS Administration

Have you ever wondered why tampons and pads - necessary products for the lives of more than half of the population - aren’t free and instead continue to be taxed in the U.S.? In the biggest and smallest of ways, having a period is hard. In the biggest and smallest of ways, societal norms and structures make it even harder. From inaccessible menstruation education to expensive period products, there are countless obstacles that present themselves surrounding menstruation. In November 2020, Scotland was the first country ever to make period products free. While we may not be able to achieve the same, we can achieve something smaller. Presently, there are empty tampon dispensers in Seton’s bathrooms that previously required payment for tampons. We propose that Seton provides free period products for its students - we are an all-girls school that should pride itself in taking care of its students!

We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity and right to fight for our rights as women, but many around the world don’t have the same privilege. The presence of menstruation education and accessibility of period products in less-developed countries is more stigmatized compared to the U.S. The lack of menstrual products, toilets and sinks, safe water sources, and education allows for the continued ignorance of these issues. Worldwide, 12.8% of those who menstruate live in poverty and 1.25 billion don’t have access to a clean, private toilet. Because of the myths, stigmas, and norms perpetuated through these hardships, the necessary change in menstrual rights is not occurring. While we may not be affected by these same hardships and may not be able to improve the conditions of women in other countries, we can make a difference in our own communities.

So, we ask you: Can we change Seton’s community? Sign this petition to demand free period products in Seton’s bathrooms. The global fight against period poverty and menstruation rights starts with us - one small change in one small high school can lead to substantial change for women and girls worldwide.

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