California to Soon Require Menstrual Products in Public Schools

California, USA


Ashley Cortez

Stock photo of menstrual products, including three pads and three tampons

On Friday, October 8th, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed The Menstrual Equity Act, a bill that requires all California public schools and colleges to stock their restrooms with free menstrual products.

Previously, California had passed a 2017 law that requires low-income schools to stock restrooms with free menstrual products for their students.

This new bill builds onto that, expanding the law to include grades 6 through 12, community colleges, and the CSU system despite financial status. This bill takes effect at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.

“California joins a growing number of states who lead the way in demonstrating that menstrual equity is a matter of human rights,” advocacy group PERIOD said in a statement, “No student should ever lose learning time due to their periods, period.”

This law follows California’s repealing the menstrual tax, an act also done earlier this year. The menstrual tax is a tax on menstrual products that is said to cost women an estimated $20 million a year.

Period poverty is something that still has a strong hold on many of those who menstruate each year and Newsom’s bill takes a huge leap in advancing menstrual equity for all California students.