National Period Day

Join YWCA SEMA at National Period Day in Boston on October 19, 2019!

On October 19, 2019, YWCA Southeastern MA 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!

YWCA SEMA will be providing free transportation to the Boston Common from New Bedford. Seats are limited however so we suggest you sign up today to reserve your spot on the bus! You can register here or by contacting Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org or (508) 999-3255.

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. 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. 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. 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 menstruator to get their period, and don’t have open conversations about period health or solutions to period poverty.

Massachusetts has an opportunity to change that. The 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 on the legislation, go to www.massnow.org/iam