State Mandates Free Feminine Hygiene

Jacqueline-Lopez Ortega, Staff Writer


 As of 2018, the state requires public schools to provide feminine hygiene products. Those products being: tampons, wipes, and pads.

   Pads and other feminine products have to be in bathrooms on campus, available, and free.

   The solution arose when several lawmakers realized that the unavailability to access affordable feminine hygiene products leads to student’s monthly absence.

   Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, meaning public schools with students from grades 6 to 12, must have free feminine hygiene products in 50% of all school restrooms.

CNN reported, “When students have access to quality feminine hygiene products, they are able to continue with their daily lives with minimal interruption.”

   For many teenage girls, access to tampons and sanitary pads is a given, but for low-income students, a lack of feminine hygiene products impacts their education.

   Does the phrase, “Do you have a pad?” sound familiar? If yes, then there is a possibility that you’ve heard of this whether you’re asking or someone’s asking you. Either way, females understand the struggle. That is why, the law to have free feminine hygiene products in restrooms is necessary.

    Where are these products at Bassett High School?

   Girls know when in need, proceed to the schools’  nurse’s office.

   Continuing on, the question of the year: Should feminine hygiene products be taxed?

   Many argue that it shouldn’t because feminine hygiene product are a necessity. This is agreed by many young women of Bassett High School.

Following a quick random survey at Bassett High School on Friday 12, 2018: out of 30 young women, all of them noted that feminine hygiene products should not be taxed!

So remember, the next time it’s your time, there’s a law that states feminine hygiene products must be provided for free in 50% of public schools restrooms.