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Board approves free period supplies in all county restrooms

Santa Clara County supervisors took a stand for menstrual equity Tuesday, March 23, by unanimously approving a plan to stock restrooms in all county facilities with free period products.

The plan covers public access and employee bathrooms of all genders at county facilities, "just as there are free paper towels and toilet paper," the office of Supervisor Cindy Chavez said in a news release.

"Menstrual equity is equal access to hygiene products. Hygiene products, including menstrual products are a necessity. Much like soap and toilet paper, if we did not have those readily and freely available we would be facing serious health consequences," said Chavez, who proposed the plan. "There shouldn't be any shame or stigma attached to menstruating or period products. It's a natural bodily function."

Supervisors in December had approved $1 million to provide period products to disadvantaged communities during the pandemic after more than 63,000 people were identified as experiencing "period poverty," referring to people who cannot afford period products and other necessities.

The board on March 23 also voted to support menstrual equity legislation by Assembly member Cristina Garcia, D-Downey, that would provide free access to menstrual products in public schools, community colleges, state college campuses and state and local municipal buildings.

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Board approves free period supplies in all county restrooms

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Santa Clara County supervisors took a stand for menstrual equity Tuesday, March 23, by unanimously approving a plan to stock restrooms in all county facilities with free period products.

The plan covers public access and employee bathrooms of all genders at county facilities, "just as there are free paper towels and toilet paper," the office of Supervisor Cindy Chavez said in a news release.

"Menstrual equity is equal access to hygiene products. Hygiene products, including menstrual products are a necessity. Much like soap and toilet paper, if we did not have those readily and freely available we would be facing serious health consequences," said Chavez, who proposed the plan. "There shouldn't be any shame or stigma attached to menstruating or period products. It's a natural bodily function."

Supervisors in December had approved $1 million to provide period products to disadvantaged communities during the pandemic after more than 63,000 people were identified as experiencing "period poverty," referring to people who cannot afford period products and other necessities.

The board on March 23 also voted to support menstrual equity legislation by Assembly member Cristina Garcia, D-Downey, that would provide free access to menstrual products in public schools, community colleges, state college campuses and state and local municipal buildings.

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Tim MacKenzie
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Monta Loma
on Mar 26, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Tim MacKenzie, Monta Loma
Registered user
on Mar 26, 2021 at 3:26 pm

This is great to see! Mountain View committed to providing free period products in women's bathrooms within the city this past January, expanding on a program initiated by Mayor Kamei. It would be excellent for the city to take the step that the county has to include free products in all bathrooms since trans men menstruate as well. Hopefully other cities in the Bay follow suit soon too.


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