This week, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief after [all 12 boys and their coach were rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/world/asia/thailand-cave-rescue-live-updates.html). In the midst of celebration,…
It’s hard to fight for a cause if it can’t be discussed above a whisper. But a growing number of activists are speaking out loud in favor of what’s being called menstrual equity.
On any given day, more than 800 million girls and women around the world are menstruating. And for many of them, in the U.S. and elsewhere, it’s a problem — sometimes with life-or-death consequences.
Poor girls and women often are unable to afford menstrual products and many have limited access to toilets or clean water. In some cultures, females on their period are forced to live apart from their families. In July a menstruating teenager in Nepal died from a snakebite in the cowshed where she was sequestered.
In the U.S. a movement is gaining steam to eliminate the sales tax for tampons and pads and to ensure period products are provided in public schools, homeless shelters and prisons — all part of the fight for menstrual equity.
- Jennifer Weiss-Wolf A lawyer and vice president for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School; author of "Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity"
- Cory Booker U.S. senator, New Jersey (D); former mayor of Newark
- Marni Sommer Associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; executive director of Grow and Know, a non-profit that develops puberty books for girls and boys in poor countries
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