Brown University Students Stock Bathrooms With Free Pads and Tampons
Students at Brown University are about to find their campus bathrooms fully stocked with free feminine-hygiene products. When several states — including Rhode Island, home to Brown — introduced a tax that classified feminine products as "luxury items" instead of necessities, students decided to take matters into their own hands.
According to The Washington Post, the University Student Council will now send out a weekly dispatch of students to stock over 30 campus buildings and 70 bathrooms with free feminine products by nightfall. Though the initiative was championed and enacted by the USC, its funds come from the Undergraduate Finance Board, so the purchase of tampons and other products—and any taxes incurred—fall on the University.
The student-run effort extends beyond women, into men's and gender-neutral bathrooms "...to set a more inclusive standard for this issue moving forward...menstruation is experienced by more than just those who identify as women and that not all people who identify as women menstruate.”
"We hope that this step, making Brown one of the first institutions in higher education to implement such a program at this scale, will motivate other universities and student governments to take similar actions to address this issue of equity," UCS President Viet Nguyen wrote to his fellow students in a release containing both the above statements.
"We thought we could be the tipping point," he added in the Post interview, "pushing conversation to action."
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