Cornell University now offers baskets of free menstrual products in all women’s, men’s and all-gender public bathrooms on campus.
Signs on the baskets use the made-up term “mxnstrual,” although the organizers of the “Free Period Products” project now say they will be changing their signs because they decided “menstrual” is “not a gender term.”
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The “Free Period Project” team is made up of members of the Gender Justice Advocacy Coalition and Student Assembly Infrastructure Fund Commission, according to a report from the Cornell Daily Sun.
“The motivation behind the initiative is simple,” GJAC president Clara Drimmer ’22 wrote in an email to The Sun. “Toilet paper is free in every public bathroom. Why shouldn’t menstrual products be free for all the people who need them?”
Originally, the products were only offered in women’s and gender-neutral toilets.
“As of 2017, they had placed menstrual products in women- and gender-neutral bathrooms on campus,” Mullen said. “In 2020, they decided to put them in all bathrooms on campus, and the reason for that was that regardless of how people identify biologically or gender-wise, everyone should have access to these products.”
The Sun report explains that “FPP delivered at least 126,000 tampons, 70,000 pads, and 33,600 panty liners to the Cornell campus during the 2020-2021 school year. Despite this success, Drimmer said they’ve had a harder time getting long-term funding for ongoing free menstrual products.”
“FPP has yet to find a way to fund the program long-term through university budget resources, including the new $5 billion ‘to do the greatest good’ campaign,” Drimmer said. “If we can’t find a permanent source of funding, these products will likely disappear by the end of the spring semester.”