Boston Public Schools to Provide Free Menstrual Supplies to Students

This fall, Boston Public Schools will be offering free menstrual supplies to every school in the district that teaches 6th through 12th graders. The BPS pilot program is being launched in an attempt to support girls who get their periods in school and cannot afford supplies.

survey by Always, a feminine hygiene brand, found that one in five girls have either left school early or missed school entirely for lack of access to period products. Lacking access to a pad or a tampon, girls who have their periods chose either to go home or to stay home. That choice has far reaching consequences for the individual and for society, leading to missed days of school, poor grades and a generally poorer education.

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All girls need access to period products (@JosiEpic via Twenty20)

With all the pressures that face our adolescents, the issue of period poverty should not become an additional stressor. We often think about this as an international issue, but the United States is not immune to period poverty and fortunately the solution is relatively straightforward.

We laud the Boston Public Schools for taking steps to resolve this issue and for their focus on keeping pubescent and post-pubescent girls in school. Let’s take just one hurdle out of the way, and help female students make the most of their education.

Thank you to Boston Public Schools for leading the way.


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About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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