By Sami Sharfin
Under legislation passed on October 8, California public schools and universities are mandated to provide free menstrual products in their restrooms. The Menstrual Equity for All Act (AB367) urges that private schools and colleges will follow suit. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
This law builds upon Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia’s Assembly Bill 10 in 2017 requiring schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities to supply students with free pads and tampons. Garcia also played a significant role in the push for California to exempt a sales tax on periods. She said her efforts were inspired by Scotland, which last year became the first nation to allow free and universal access to pads and tampons in public facilities.
On September 8, Cal Poly Pomona partnered with Aunt Flow to provide free menstrual products to all students, faculty and staff across various facilities and buildings, including the student center. In addition to offering these products, the Womxn’s Resource Center and the Health and Wellness Center offer free pads and tampons for students.
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Sami Sharfin is a freelance writer, content creator and current senior at Indiana University-Bloomington.