Menstrual Hygiene Day — May 28

Image with red background and light red blood drop with white bottom banner. Menstrual Hygiene Day May 28. Image credit: Katie Harter
  • Earlier this year, She Votes Illinois hosted the She Votes Policy: Power to the Period Event with speakers, including politicians, advocates, experts, and students, discussing the importance of equitable access to menstrual products.
  • Two of She Votes Illinois’s Board Members, Emma Zubak and Mary Catherine Hanafee LaPlante, also hosted a community event where they educated a group of high school students about the waste caused by period products. They informed the audience that each year, 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are discarded (The Stanford Magazine). Additionally, with 62% of U.S. menstruators using pads and 90% of each pad being made of plastic, Emma and Mary Catherine called for the need to create a more sustainable period pad.
  • Within this past week, She Votes Illinois sought to continue advocating for menstrual equity by celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day. Leading up to the 28th, She Votes Illinois has called on residents of Illinois to participate in action items ranging from tweetstorms, menstrual product donation drives, and contacting legislators to support menstrual hygiene product bills.
Image with white background with teal and red flowers with a call to action to support menstrual equity bills: HB155, HB156, HB310 and HB641. Contact your Senator today to help end period poverty in Illinois.
  • HB155 — Menstrual hygiene products — Public benefits (in the Senate)
  • HB156 — Menstrual hygiene products — All school bathrooms grades 4–12 (in the Senate)
  • HB310 — Menstrual hygiene products — Homeless Shelters (on the Governor’s desk to sign)
  • HB641 — Menstrual hygiene products — Higher Education (in the Senate)

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She Votes Illinois focuses on making sure the political system in Illinois reflects the voices of all women and femmes in Illinois.