Category Archives: Feminine Hygiene Items

“This Is How Homeless Women Cope With Their Periods”

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This October 18, 2016 article and video by found on the website talks about the reality of what it is like to be a homeless woman trying to take care of themselves during their period with almost no money, unsheltered, and lacking access to a shower.


“You’re an Olympian. You have your period. Now what?”

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This August 2, 2016 article on the Fusion news website by Marisa Kabas, talks about the lack of research that has been done with regards to female athletes and the impact their menstrual cycle has on their ability to compete.  It also mentions that many studies will disqualify a female who is menstruating from being part of a study though the reason for this is unclear.  There are things that athletes can do to control their cycle, but even then nobody really knows if this can help or hinder athletic performance.  the article points out that approximately 41% of female athletes say their period symptoms impact their performance, but still very little research has been done to study the claim.

I know it isn’t a poverty related article, but I felt that it did offer a lot of interesting information to think about and consider as we each decide if it is a good idea to continue the taboos around menstruation or not.

“EXCLUSIVE: City schools to offer free feminine hygiene products”

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This March 14, 2016 article talks about what is happening in 25 New York City Schools in an effort to aid female students in having access to feminine hygiene items while they are at school.

“Canned Peas or Tampons?”

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This February 22, 2016 NY City Lens article talks about the difficult and sometimes costly choices made by women on food stamps in need of feminine hygiene items.

“All-Male Panel of Utah Lawmakers Votes to Keep the State’s Tampon Tax No (menstruation without taxation)”

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This February 12, 2016 article by Carolyn Cox found on the Mary Sue website talks about a recent decision by an all male panel of Utah Lawmakers to continue to tax tampons in the state of Utah.


“Obama Wants Women to Keep Fighting Against the ‘Tampon Tax'”

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This January 18, 2016 on the Tucson Weekly website, talks about Obama’s views on the taxation of pads and tampons.

“Indian Women Flout Menstrual Taboos By Saying They’re #HappyToBleed”

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This December 13, 2015 article on the WNED – NPR site talks about ways more women are taking a stand and fighting taboos surrounding menstruation.  This particular article focuses on women in India, but seems to be a cause that is popping up worldwide from the looks of things.

“Women more likely to die in natural disasters”

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This November 22, 2015 article from the Sydney Morning Herald site talks about risks that impact women more than men after a disaster.  Among the factors that seem to contribute to the deaths of more women after a disaster is lack of access to feminine hygiene items along with an increase of risk of becoming victims of human trafficking and other risk factors.


“Ten Things You Can’t Buy With SNAP (Food Stamps)”

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This April 2, 2014 blog post on the Pittsburgh Lesbian correspondents site talks about 10 things you can’t legally buy with food stamps that society pretty much expects everyone to use.

“One NYC High School Now Offers Free Tampons”

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This Sept. 22, 2015 article found on The Cut: Mense Times talks about why one NYC school is providing free tampons to students.