The Oregon Legislature is considering a good bill (HB 3294) that would require all schools to make menstrual products available to students at no cost. Please take a few moments to urge lawmakers to support this positive measure.
Much of the cultural stigma still attached to menstruation is deeply rooted in the fact that nearly all major religions have shamed this natural, life-giving function. This continues to have tangible consequences for women and girls worldwide, even in developed nations like the United States.
Lack of access to menstrual products, especially for low-income women and girls, can result in lost education and lost employment and earning opportunities, which fuels inequality in countless ways. The work of undoing the harm caused by these archaic religious customs is a secular issue. Equalizing access to menstrual products is a key first step.
This bill is being heard by the Oregon House Education Committee next Tuesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. local time. Click on the red “Take Action” link below to contact all members of this committee and urge them to support this important bill. Feel free to use or adapt the talking points provided.