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California Requires Free Menstrual Products in Schools

California Requires Free Menstrual Products in Schools

October 21, 2021

Updated 10/17/2023

On October 8, California expanded its existing school requirement for period products to grades 3-12. The requirement will go into effect for the 2024-2025 school year.

Previously, the requirement was for grades 6-12. The Menstrual Equity for All Act (AB367) urges that private schools and colleges will follow suit. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

This law builds upon Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia’s Assembly Bill 10 in 2017, requiring schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities to supply students with free pads and tampons. Garcia also played a significant role in the push for California to exempt a sales tax on periods. She said her efforts were inspired by Scotland, which last year became the first nation to allow free and universal access to pads and tampons in public facilities. 

Cal Poly Pomona has partnered with Aunt Flow to provide free menstrual products to all students, faculty and staff across various facilities and buildings, including the student center. In addition to offering these products, the Womxn’s Resource Center and the Health and Wellness Center offer free pads and tampons for students. 

Learn how Aunt Flow can support your school to provide free menstrual products in restrooms. Check it out HERE. 

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founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 5 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®