The Impact of Period Poverty
High Need - No Assistance
Nearly 12 million women across the U.S. between ages 12 to 52 live below poverty line, and most of them don't have access to menstrual products. Neither tampons or pads are available through government assistance programs like SNAP or Medicaid.
A Necessity, NOT a Luxury
As of June 2019 - 12 states have exempted menstrual hygiene products from sales tax: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. 5 states have no sales tax. The rest still charge a tax on period products.
Join the Tax Free. Period. Movement
The average menstruator endures 456 periods over 38 years, or roughly 2,280 days with their period -- 6.25 years of their life. The cost for pads and tampons alone over a lifetime will exceed $3,000.