Call on Rutgers University to Implement Sanitary Product Dispensers Across Campus

Call on Rutgers University to Implement Sanitary Product Dispensers Across Campus

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Srinandini Marpaka started this petition to Rutgers University - New Brunswick and

We encourage you to join us and call on Rutgers University-New Brunswick to make sure that there are free menstrual products in all student centers and departmental buildings at minimum. 

Universal access to menstrual products is a basic right that is not being met. We are a group of undergraduates from Rutgers New Brunswick, who realized the lack of free menstrual products across campus. Upon research, we learned of previous efforts led by Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) to implement free sanitary napkin and tampon dispensers in a few buildings across campus. However, this project seems to be suspended as we did not find many dispensers and further information about the projects’ progress. For this reason, we are determined to spread awareness of this issue and gain free menstrual products across all bathrooms.


Why You Should Sign:

  • Regardless of whether individuals are unexpectedly met with their period or not, sanitary products are still considered to be their responsibility. In other words, sanitary products are a regressive tax on individuals who menstruate. 
  • Though menstruation is a natural bodily process, it becomes expensive for those who menstruate. As indicated in the New York Times article “Free the Tampons”, stocking restrooms with sanitary supplies would not be a huge expense for schools as it would work out to around $4.67 per individual per year.
  • Despite strides to open the conversation about menstruation, it is still a taboo subject in society. The first step towards making it a “normal” conversation stems from having it welcomed by schools in the form of offering individuals who menstruate free and easy access to the necessary products. 
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