Provide Free Menstrual Products on NAU's Flagstaff Campus
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**The aim of this petition is to show support behind the idea of stocking Northern Arizona University's academic restrooms with free menstrual health products for those who find themselves in an emergency situation. Students should be able to spend time learning, not trying to find a solution to a menstrual emergency.**
Even if you don't experience menstruation, we appreciate your support of those who do!!
--Below is an article providing some very valid reasons why schools should provide free menstruation products.--
"The lack of adequate access to menstrual products is an issue that impacts women throughout the world, and it is a serious issue.
The push for schools to provide free access to menstrual supplies extends past the collegiate level. Currently, all public schools in New York state have free menstrual products, both in middle and high schools, as required by law.
One of the major reasons why it is important for schools to provide menstrual supplies is because, for many, periods can come unexpectedly. In one survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 79% of women over the age of 18 have started their period without access to the necessary supplies, and it is more likely that those in middle and high school are going to be lacking access to supplies if their period arrives unexpectedly.
The other reason that schools should provide pads and tampons for students is economic. Periods are expensive, with a single box of pads or tampons in the United States costing anywhere from $7 to $10. For lower income families, the costs of purchasing supplies every month can be more than they can afford. Access to free supplies would help to alleviate some of the economic strain having a period provides.
Lack of access to menstrual supplies can have an impact on education. Without access to supplies, students often miss class or do not participate as vigorously for fear of leakage and embarrassment. Fear of period leakage prevents students from being able to focus in class and that can overall impact educational outcomes. Without shame and fear, students have more opportunity to be successful in school, which is always a plus.
Educational opportunities are being impacted all because people cannot afford the supplies that they need while on their period. If schools were to provide free access to menstrual supplies, it would be a huge step forward in achieving menstrual equality."
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