The Connecticut General Assembly has introduced two senate bills that, if passed, will require middle and high schools to provide free menstrual products in their restrooms.
S.B. 140 (February, 2020) would require each local and regional board of education to allocate funds to supply free menstrual products in restrooms that are accessible to students. S.B. 157 is concerned with the provision of middle and high schools to provide free menstrual products in restrooms that are accessible by students. This blog will take a deep look at how the passage of these two bills would positively affect students who menstruate in Connecticut.
Access to free menstrual products can boost school attendance - New York Public Schools saw an attendance increase of 2.4% after implementing free tampons and pads in their bathrooms. A study from the Aunt Flow pilot program with Princeton University found that 9% of students who used our menstrual products previously couldn’t afford them. These startling statistics highlight the impact on educational attainment that unsupported menstruation can cause, and this is just touching on TIME spent juggling educational attendance and menstrual needs.
S.B. 140, and S.B . 157 providing access to free menstrual products can also help schools build safe and reliable learning environments for students. We already know that a startling number of students are unable to afford menstrual products - but what’s more is that students across the country routinely face harassment and exclusion from both peers and restrictive school policies for their menstrual cycle. The United for Access campaign, in a letter to then-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, stated, “the inability to access [menstrual products] affects a student’s freedom to study, be healthy, and participate in society with dignity.”
As states continue to pass legislation aimed at reducing the effects of period poverty on education, Aunt Flow will be ready to assist school districts with the implementation of our menstrual program. Why choose Aunt Flow for your school’s menstrual needs?
Pictured in Title Image, from L to R: Claire Coder, Senator Mary Daugherty Abrams, Charlotte Hallisey, Amy Barratt, Senator Alex Mochary Kasser
Pictured in Article, from L to R: Charlotte Hallisey, Amy Barratt, Claire Coder