Stand for Women's Health

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Emily Bell McCormick
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We stand together in support of and hope for legislation to improve women’s health issues that touch every life. Namely, banning female genital mutilation, abolishing taxes on menstrual products, providing access to menstrual products in schools, prisons and homeless shelters and reclassifying menstrual products as medically necessary. These issues do not affect just 50 percent of our nation—they affect us all. 

Join us for a *Stand for Women's Health* in honor of National Period Day at the Utah State Capitol building on Wednesday, October 16. 

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With 15 percent of U.S. girls starting their periods at age seven, and thousands of girls, women and people who menstruate, needing to choose between purchasing menstrual products or purchasing food, we are working to: 

*Ensure tampons and pads are freely available in schools, shelters and prisons.

*Eliminate the "tampon tax"--exempting menstrual products from sales tax. 

*Reclassify menstrual products as "medically necessary" so they are available for purchase using dedicated pre-tax dollars, like other "medically necessary" items (Viagra, Rogaine, sunscreen, Band-Aids).


35 US States have a sales tax on period products considering them non-essential items, 25 states have banned such a tax. One in four women struggle to afford period products due to a lack of income. In the first city-wide study on period poverty, it was found that 46% of low-income women had to choose between a meal and period products. 

Because menstruation is still a taboo topic, we don’t often think about what it’s like for the daughter of a low-income person to have a period. Or a person who is homeless to have a period. And we don’t have open conversations about period health or solutions to period poverty.

But unlike some poverty-related issues, this one is solvable. 

Stand for Women's Health is working with National Period Day to elevate the issue of period poverty and request changes to make period products more accessible for all.