On October 19, 2019, we will rally for NATIONAL PERIOD DAY in the BOSTON COMMON -- elevating the issue of period poverty and demanding real change to making period products more accessible for all and passing the ‘I AM’ Bill in Massachusetts (S.1274/H.1959). This is an inclusive rally! Whether you menstruate or not, YOU are welcome. Bring all your family and friends! Bring posters! Wear red!
While several Massachusetts cities have made incredible strides by making menstrual products available in schools, we need a statewide solution to period poverty. Nationally, 1 in 4 women are unable to afford menstrual products. Non-binary and trans menstruators also face challenges in accessing menstrual products. Over 20,000 individuals are homeless in Massachusetts. Lack of access to menstrual products is acutely difficult for homeless individuals who are already struggling to meet other basic needs, and there is no legislation requiring free access to menstrual products in Massachusetts prisons and jails.
Massachusetts has an opportunity to change that. Mass NOW’s I AM bill would provide access to free menstrual products, without stigma, to all menstruating individuals in public schools from 6th-12th grade, homeless shelters, prisons and county jails. For more information, go to www.massnow.org/iam
We believe that it is a fundamental human right to be able to reach your full potential, regardless of a natural need – and what could be more natural than menstruation? Simply put - - MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE. We are the Menstrual Movement -- fighting for equitable access to menstrual hygiene, and breaking down the stigma surrounding periods. This fight is on ALL OF US, and we must TAKE ACTION NOW. Along with destigmatizing periods, we are calling for:
Clean and healthy period products to be freely accessible in schools, shelters, and prisons by passing the Massachusetts ‘I AM’ Bill this legislative session. Menstrual equity cannot wait.
We are the Menstrual Movement - fighting for equitable access to menstrual products and breaking down the stigma surrounding periods. If you're interested in getting involved or volunteering in this rally, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you are interested in getting involved with Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition and Mass NOW, sign up at Massnow.org/IAM.
There are rallies being hosted all across the US. More updates to come soon!
Want to take action NOW?
— Go to MassNOW.org/IAM to share your story about why you want Massachusetts to be the first state in the nation to providing menstrual access to public schools, prisons, and homeless shelters in this 5-minute survey.
— Save and share the images below on social media to build the I AM movement in Massachusetts. #IAM4MenstrualAccess
— Join the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition.
— Go to www.period.org
to learn how to start a www.period.org
chapter at your school!