How You Can Support National Period Day

Period, The Menstrual Movement, announces #NationalPeriodDay coming October 19th, 2019.

Period is a group of “young activists across the U.S. united by the belief that menstrual care is a basic right.”

Co-founded in 2014 by then highschool students Nadya Okamoto and Vincent Forand, PERIOD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  The duo started the organization after realizing that menstrual products are not reliably available to those who need them the most. Period now has a nationwide network of over 300 chapters who are serving their communities and growing.

On October 19th, communities will be gathering to draw attention to important topics including accessibility to menstrual hygiene products and the tampon tax. Details below and how you can participate below:

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About National Period Day, a release from Period:

It’s 2019, and yet, 35 US States still have a sales tax on period products considering them non-essential items. 1 in 4 women struggles 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-women had to choose between a meal and period products. Because of the period stigma that makes menstruation a taboo topic, we don’t often think about what it’s like for a homeless or low-income menstruators to get their period and don’t have open conversations about period health or solutions to period poverty.

On October 19, 2019, we will rally for #NATIONALPERIODDAY — elevating the issue of period poverty and demanding real change to making period products more accessible for all menstruators and ending the #TamponTax. This is an inclusive rally! Whether you menstruate or not, EVERYONE is welcome.

What can you do to help support National Period Day?

Remember, things only change when we work together towards a common goal and powerhouse organizations like Period help bring us all together. Join in celebrating National Period Day to help demand real change and bring attention to both the accessibility of menstrual products and to rally for the removal of the tampon tax from those states still taxing these basic-need goods.

Menstrual Hygiene is a Right, Not a Privilege.

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