Aunt Flow Utah

Movement to Provide Free Pads and Tampons in Utah Schools

By: Sami Sharfin

Towels, cotton balls and diapers. 

Since many menstruators in Utah can’t afford pads and tampons, they turn to cheaper alternatives, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

To combat the issue of access, stigma, poverty, privacy and taboo, a group of women in Utah are pushing legislation to require all public K-12 schools and charters to provide free pads and tampons. 

On November 17, a crowd of more than 200 people rallied at the Utah Capitol in support of free period products at schools. 

Leading the effort is mother and advocate Emily McCormick of The Period Project.

“Access to period products is as necessary as toilet paper. It’s time to change,” said McCormick.

Representative Karianne Lisonbee has agreed to sponsor a bill to make the push a reality in the upcoming session this January. 

Rep. Lisonbee’s measure would call to set aside state funding to pay for tampons and pads. Products would be put in school bathroom dispensers so that all students can have access at every public elementary, middle and high school in Utah.

The bill is supported by Gov. Deidre Henderson and Gov. Spencer Cox

“I’m really glad that we’re starting to get rid of the stigma around periods. It’s about dang time,” Henderson stated

And we couldn’t agree more. 

When schools start offering freely accessible menstrual products in the bathrooms, AWESOME things happen. Get a quote for your school!

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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.®