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  • 09.09.16

A win for menstrual activists: Brown University now provides free tampons

Brown students no longer have to worry about whether they forgot to bring a tampon in their backpack. The school is now stocking bathrooms with tampons and pads. In a truly progressive move, they are now ensuring that these products are available in men’s bathrooms for the sake of trans students. 

I delved into the world of menstrual activism recently in a story entitled “Bleeding on the Job: A Menstruation Investigation.” While getting your period unexpectedly or being caught without supplies may seem like a small thing, over the course of a lifetime, it can amount to days of unnecessary anxiety and lost productivity. 

Free The Tampon, a non-profit organization that encourages companies to make menstrual products available to employees, calculates that it only costs $4.67 per woman per year to offer these items. Brown’s efforts might spur other universities to follow suit. 

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