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Pennsylvania Governor Includes $3 Million in Budget for Free Period Products in Public Schools

March 5, 2024

During his budget address on February 6, 2024, Pennsylvania Governor Shapiro expressed the need for public schools across the state to provide free period products to students.

Governor Shapiro’s new budget proposal includes $3 million to increase access and alleviate period poverty.

This budget makes feminine hygiene products available at no cost in our schools because girls deserve to have peace of mind so they can focus on learning.

Governor Shapiro

The governor’s efforts reflect the work of Senator Maria Collett, who introduced S.B. 956, or the Pennsylvania Menstrual Equity Act, in 2019. It has already passed in the House of Representatives and is currently in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

The bill aims to “provide disposable menstrual products at no cost and make the disposable menstrual products available in restroom facilities in a convenient manner that does not stigmatize any individuals seeking the disposable menstrual products.”

I’m also thrilled to see Governor Shapiro become the first PA Governor to highlight period poverty in his address. Far too many Pennsylvanians, including students, struggle to afford or access the menstrual products they need, often forcing them to miss class, impacting their academic achievement, and compounding into long-term repercussions for our economic competitiveness.

Senator Collett

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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.®