Period Equity Movement
The Period Equity Movement is a multi-campus initiative led by faculty, students, and staff to promote period equity. We aim to ensure that individuals who menstruate have the products they need to live their lives to the fullest.
What is the Period Equity Movement (PEM)?
According to the 2021 State of the Period:
- 84% of students who menstruate in the U.S. have missed class time or know someone who has missed class time because they did not have access to period products.
- 69% of menstruators feel embarrassed when have to bring period products to the restroom.
- 1 in 5 menstruators from ages 13-19 have struggled to afford period products or were not able to purchase them at all.
- 1 in 10 college students experience period poverty.
- Period poverty has been defined by the American Medical Women’s Association as inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education.
PEM currently has 3 projects:
The Green Period Pantry provides students with free sustainable and reusable period products on campus. Through the Green Period Pantry initiative, we aim to reduce period poverty and the environmental impact of period products and enable students to overcome barriers associated with having a period. There are two free period products available to students at the Green Period Pantry: the OrganiCup menstrual cups and reusable cloth pads from Period Aisle.
- Size A- For those who haven’t given birth vaginally
- Size B- For those who have given birth vaginally
- Mini- For teens, those who need a smaller size, and folx taking testosterone
Reusable Cloth Pads:
- Mini: 8” length
- Maxi: 10” length
The Disposable Period Pantry provides students with free disposable period products on campus. Through the Disposable Period Pantry initiative, we aim to reduce period poverty and enable students to overcome barriers associated with having a period. We also recognize that every student may not want a menstrual cup or reusable cloth pad, so in efforts to be inclusive to all, students do have access to disposable products via the Disposable Period Pantry or the Menstrual Hygiene Product Dispensers in restrooms all over campus.
Last updated: 1/21/2022