No one should ever be forced to choose between buying food or period products. In Massachusetts, there are menstruators that have to make that exact choice every day.
Across the state, there have been a number of ongoing efforts by state politicians and local menstrual equity groups to help menstruators access period products through the push to pass the I AM Bill.
What is the I AM Bill?
The Act to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products in Prisons, Homeless Shelters and Public Schools (I AM bill) would ensure access to free period products to ALL menstruators in prisons, shelters and schools.
The I AM bill was filed by State Senator Patricia Jehlen and Representatives Christine Barber and Jay Livingstone in January 2019.
Ever since, organizations like the Massachusets Menstrual Equity (MME) Coalition, the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (MASS NOW) and our signature donation partner Dignity Matters have been working on getting this monumental piece of legislation PASSED!
The Massachusetts Senate FINALLY passed the bill on March 3, 2022. Yet, the MA House of Representatives has yet to pass it, which would make it become state law.
Download the MME Coalition’s Advocacy Toolkit for:
- National and state research on period poverty
- Shareable social media graphics
- Next steps to support the I AM bill