When: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 4:00-5:30PM
Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
Why: Demand Massachusetts pass the I Am bill, to expand access to menstrual products in all schools, shelters, and prisons across the state
As our rights to bodily autonomy are questioned on a national scale, fighting for our rights to exist and thrive in the world as menstruators are more important than ever. No one should be held back because they menstruate.
Massachusetts has fallen behind in the fight for menstrual equity. Passing legislation to increase access to menstrual products is a basic human right and should be a priority for public health. Over the past two years, the pandemic has exacerbated period poverty (check out this great article to learn more about the state of period poverty). And yet, Massachusetts has not answered for the needs of its community.
New York is one state that is leading the way. NY has passed laws eliminating the tampon tax, requiring free menstrual products in public schools, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities; and requiring disclosure of all intentionally-added ingredients in products.
Massachusetts' first step towards menstrual equity is passing the I AM bill. This bill would mandate free menstrual products in all schools, shelters, and correctional facilities-- similar to the law that is already in place in New York. The I AM bill has been introduced, but has not yet been signed into law.
That's why we rally this Tuesday. Join us and put pressure on your legislators to take menstrual health seriously. Half of their constituents menstruate, but they aren't being protected by their state.
RVSP to the rally here, or just show up! All are welcome (whether you menstruate or not- this affects all of us.)