Free the tampons

When was the last time you went into a public restroom and paid for the toilet paper you used? The answer is probably never. Times are changing, and women all around the country are starting to question the cost of feminine products. Today’s society should treat them as a basic necessity, making them free of cost.

Tampons and pads should be treated the same way as toilet paper because they serve the same purpose – to treat our everyday bodily functions.

A campaign called, “Free the Tampons”, started by a woman named Nancy Kramer from Ohio, created this m o v e m e n t to put free tampons and pads in all restrooms outside the home, according to The Huffington Post.

The foundation is adamant on the policy that every bathroom outside the home should provide freely-accessible items that people who menstruate need for their periods. Women who menstruate shouldn’t have to worry about an unexpected physical need becoming an overwhelming emotional ordeal, according to

The Free the Tampons Foundation advocates with business owners and the public policy arena to overcome barriers, such as concern that products would be excessively costly due to theft. The organization is dedicated to providing education and resources that empower advocates to create change for women nationwide.

The start to a wide-range change throughout the country began at Brown University, where students can find something in many campus bathrooms: free tampons and pads.

According to Kramer’s research,” It costs about $4.67 per female student or employee to provide free sanitary products annually. In other words, for less than a fancy cup of coffee, you can supply a woman with supplies for a year.”

Lawmakers are on the track to consider legislation to make these products free. This policy is particularly important for kids from poor families who might not be able to afford these necessities.

In Columbus, Ohio a councilwoman named Elizabeth Brown is asking that city recreation centers, schools and swimming pools provide free supplies for women around the area, according to The Columbus Dispatch. In my opinion, if men had periods, there wouldn’t even be a problem and that tampons would be free, or at least as free as toilet paper. Instead, women have spent countless amounts of time and money locating tampons in the middle of class or a work day.

If tampons were to be free, why not add other necessities like condoms or vitamins? Schools and work places should provide these items for their students or employees in order to prevent pregnancies and other health issues that could hold someone back from their job.

Illustration by Molly Cooke


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