Research shows that students who do not have access to period products miss valuable instruction time. As such, the Equality Period NJ coalition is working to pass legislation aimed at providing period products free of charge in all New Jersey public middle and high schools. Two separate bills have already been introduced in the NJ Senate and NJ Assembly for this.
To support these bills, the coalition is collecting surveys from New Jersey public schools to support the need for free period products in schools. By completing this short survey, schools will help uncover the extent of the problem in New Jersey and inform the legislation centered around period product access. Reports will include trends and recommendations based upon the overall responses to this survey. You can get involved by encouraging local schools to complete the short online survey.
Equality Period NJ is a statewide coalition formed to advance Menstrual Equity in the state. Our mission is to remove Period Stigma, Period Poverty and barriers to Period Product access through policy change and advocacy. Our members reflect a wide scope of New Jersey populations that work on these issues and include medical providers, legal experts, policy experts, community-based organizations, youth-led movements and groups that fight for rights of menstruating individuals across the state. We are excited to work with administrators, nurses, elected officials, and community partners to ensure our students receive equitable education.
If you have any questions, please email equalityperiodnj@gmail.