SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, D-Chicago, supported a new law that requires Illinois public schools to stock their bathrooms with free menstruation products for female students.
“Getting your period at unexpected times is something that every young woman goes through, and sometimes you don’t have a pad or tampon when it happens,” said Conyears-Ervin. “Female students should have the resources available to them if they get their period during class, and should not have to pay for a product that is as necessary as toilet paper or soap.”
Conyears-Ervin supported House Bill 3215, which is now law. The measure requires public and charter schools to supply menstruations products, such as pads and tampons, for their students at no cost in the bathrooms. Conyears-Ervin knows that with the cost of a box of tampons being around $7, a student could spend around $400 on menstruation products during her time at school. She wants to ensure that all young women, especially those from low-income households, have the ability to focus on their schoolwork without having the financial burden of paying for a necessary product.
“Young women deserve the opportunity to focus on their school work without the distraction of their period,” said Conyears-Ervin. “The cost of menstruation products puts a financial burden on low-income families, and, if we are going to help these young women be successful, we have the responsibility to provide them with the resources to do so, which includes pads and tampons.”