Support for Menstrual Hygiene Products in Schools

Period Project – HB20-1131 Menstrual Hygiene Products in Schools

We are looking for students, parents, teachers, community members of all ages and genders to testify in support of this bill. 

We invite you to read the bill HB 20-1131 Menstrual Hygiene Products in Schools

http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2020A/bills/2020a_1131_01.pdf

About the bill:

  • It establishes a grant program.
  • It does not pay for the machines, installation or products, but allows for a grant program to open the door so that schools or school districts may apply for grants that would pay for the installation of feminie hygiene products and the products, at no cost to the students.
  • This is for students in a public school (or school district) middle school, junior school, or high school.
  • And grant recipients must provide to students regardless of student gender identity.

The bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee on Thursday, February 6 at 1:30 pm.   

Here is the back story, and why it is so important to pass this bill.

Late August, Support Jeffco Kids & Jeffco PTA shared the story of the Arvada West students from the Arvada West Intersectional Feminists Club who were “promoting female empowerment and cultivate change centered around improving the lives and interactions of girls and all students.”   Their initial goal was to have feminie hygiene products made available to all students (regardless of gender identity) at no cost to the student – first in their own school, then they moved to make it a reality throughout Jeffco public schools.

http://www.supportjeffcokids.org/period-project-support-for-arvada-west-intersectional-feminist-club/

They collaborated with the Period Kit Foundation in Denver for funding and donors to install machines and stock with products for a year at no expense to students.  But these students wanted this for all Colorado students.

Thankfully, Representative Brianna Titone stepped in to help take the next step to make this a reality for all Colorado schools and students.

We don’t think much about this when it’s accessible to us, or if we are not in need of it,  but especially for those students who do not have access, it’s both a form of gender bias and another huge inequity in our public school system.

If you are a grown woman out of school, a parent with a daughter in school, or in school presently, you can relate.  To quote the students directly:

“…access to feminie hygiene products are a health concern and a right, not a luxury. When students don’t have feminine hygiene products on hand, they’re forced to face extreme discomfort and potentially lost educational time asking friends, the nurse, etc.  Period poverty is a real issue – 1 in 5 American girls have left school or missed school due to the lack of menstrual products (2018 Always study on period poverty).