What is Period Poverty?
Half of the population menstruates. We all know plenty of people that have a period. But not everyone knows that one in four people struggle to purchase period supplies due to lack of income. This is called period poverty, and chances are we each know someone who has experienced this need -- a neighbor, a coworker, a friend. No student should have to miss school, no adult should have to miss work, and no person should have to miss out on daily life because they are unable to afford the supplies they need.
What is Period Poverty Awareness Week?
The Alliance for Period Supplies created Period Poverty Awareness Week to educate on the issue period poverty and the impact period poverty has on menstruators.
New Study by U by Kotex® Shows 35% Increase in Period Poverty Since 2018
In a new study conducted by U by Kotex®, research shows that two in five people have struggled to purchase period products, a 35% increase from the brand's initial research in 2018. Earlier data inspired U by Kotex to become the founding sponsor of the Alliance for Period Supplies in 2018 to support those affected by period poverty. The new data was released to help elevate Period Poverty Awareness Week.
The study also uncovered how period poverty is disproportionately impacting Black and Latina people, as well as the impacts of COVID-19 on the issue:
- A quarter of Black (23%) and Latina (24%) people with periods strongly agree that they've struggled to afford period products in the past year.
- 27% of all respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to access period products, with two-thirds (65%) of those who have struggled stating they lacked access because they could not afford them.
- Over one-third (38%) of low-income women report missing work, school or similar events due to lack of access to period supplies.
- Nearly seven in ten (68%) people agree that period poverty is a public health issue, yet only 4% of Americans are aware of a local resource where free or reduced cost period supplies are available.
Read the full news release here.
A copy of the findings is available here.
How to Get involved:
We encourage everyone to join the movement by taking the pledge to help #endperiodpoverty -- start a conversation about period poverty, host a virtual product drive, donate to the Alliance for Period Supplies or a local program, or do one of many other things, from right at home.
How will you help #endperiodpoverty?