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Illinois Legislation, Free Menstrual Products at Public Colleges and Shelters

Illinois was one of the first states to join the menstrual movement, and now they are a leader in expanding the menstrual movement.

August 4, 2021, Governor J.B Pritzker signed into law a bill addressing period poverty. 

The bill stipulates that ‘feminine hygiene products are to be free at public universities and colleges, state-run homeless shelters, and that the Illinois Department of Human Services moves towards covering those products for women utilizing SNAP and WIC benefits.’

Prior to the requirement, Illinois State University committed to offering Aunt Flow’s free-vend menstrual system on campus in June 2021. The initiative was spear-headed by the campus Student Government and supported by administration. 

This bill acts as an extension to legislation passed in 2017 – House Bill 3215. This Public Act recognizes the necessary nature of menstrual products, citing that if students do not have access to menstrual care, they may miss class. The requirement declares that schools in the state of Illinois, grades 6-12, must make menstrual products freely available to students in the bathroom. 

Initially, there was concerns around ‘theft’ of product if free menstrual products were offered in bathrooms. Traditionally, tampons and pads were offered in the ‘nurses office.’ It became clear that offering products in the nurses office simply didn’t suffice – Imagine running to the nurse to get toilet paper every time you pooped?


Aunt Flow is the selected vendor to support schools with free-vend menstrual product programs. The woman-owned company developed a free-vend menstrual product dispenser and sustainable tampons and pads to ensure no one ever needs to worry about getting their period in public. 

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  • Claire Coder

    Claire Coder (Forbes 30 Under 30) is a Thiel Fellow and Founder and CEO of Aunt Flow. On a mission to make the world better for people with periods, Aunt Flow stocks public bathrooms with freely accessible tampons and pads.

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claire coder,founder + ceo

claire coder,
founder + ceo

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

Founded in 2016, Aunt Flow is a certified WBENC women-owned company based in Columbus, Ohio. 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 (no weird stuff) and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! For every 10 tampons and pads we sell, we donate 1 to a menstruator in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®