Petitioning university of florida

Bring Free Menstrual Products to UF

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On average menstruating people have their period from 3 to 7 days and menstruate from age 13 until age 51. That means they endure some 456 total periods over 38 years, or roughly 2,280 days with their period — 6.25 years of their life.

No wonder periods are so expensive. Because the University of Florida does not offer free pads and tampons, students are forced to go home early or skip class completely when their cycle starts unexpectedly. A low-income student faces the choice between a meal and being comfortable, and that shouldn't happen.

We want the University of Florida to provide its students with the necessary menstrual care items, just like it provides ponchos, condoms, and hammocks for its students to use. Providing these items would eliminate a barrier to a student's' ability to study and excel academically.

Because we are the number 9 public university in the country, we should be leading by example. But, we're already behind. Other universities who have already brought free tampons and pads to their campus include:

-FSU

-University of Wisconsin-Madison

-Emory College

-Brown University

-Harvard

-University of Arizona

-Columbia University

-Reed College

-University of Nebraska at Lincoln

-UCLA 

-Grinnell College

-And others

Implementing an initiative like this on campus would make our school a more inclusive community, demonstrating that we care about the comfort, accessibility, and education of over half of our student body. As our campus becomes more inclusive and accessible, our students will feel more comfortable, safe, and happy. 

 

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