The Fight for Menstrual Justice!
The Menstrual Equity Coalition (MEC) is a community group comprised of The Junior League of Tallahassee, The Girl Flo Project, Whole Child Leon, The Oasis Center for Women and Girls, Beyond the Pantry, the Foundation for Leon County Schools, and Sustainable Tallahassee. The MEC is united in the belief that everyone deserves – and should have access to – quality period care.
Affordable sanitary products are not a luxury and need to be treated as what they are – a necessity.
Menstrual inequity is an issue that is both global and local. Tampons, pads, and other menstrual hygiene products are not accessible to economically insecure menstruators via food stamps, health insurance, or Medicaid coverage. The tax on menstrual health products, or “tampon tax,” targets Americans who menstruate and amounts to a financial barrier for menstruators who are unhoused, incarcerated, or simply struggling to make ends meet. According to the National Women’s Law Center, nearly 1 in 8 American women lived in poverty in 2018, 1 in 4 teens in the U.S. has missed class because they don’t have access to menstrual products, and nearly 1 in 3 women of childbearing age were economically insecure (lived below 200 percent of the federal poverty line). Women of color are hit hardest by poverty and economic insecurity.
Help comes in many packages
If you’d like to request period products, please fill out the form below!
Educating people about menstruation is a necessary part of the menstrual equity movement. Click below to learn more!
How to take care of your Period. underwear
You got the underwear, but you may have questions. Learn more by clicking the link below!
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The Menstrual Equity Coalition is determined to level up our goals of erasing period poverty, improving the health of menstruators in our community, and shattering the stigma and limitations associated with menstruation. If you’d like to get involved, whether through donating supplies, volunteering, or education efforts, email us today!