What Should I Know about Period Poverty?

Have you heard the term Period Poverty? Even with the growing awareness of period poverty, there is still more to learn about this issue. Many menstruators who experience poverty suffer in silence about how it truly affects them. Some even miss work or school due to their lack of access to menstrual products. Our Non-Profit Initiative Girlish Social Mission is pushing through this issue by providing education, resources, and time to communities that are affected by poverty and other communities nationwide to bring awareness.

All About Period Poverty: Period Poverty is a lack of access to menstrual products, education, hygiene facilities, waste management, or a combination of these.

Not So Fun Facts:

  • Globally, an estimated 500 million people who menstruate lack access to menstrual products and hygiene facilities.
  • In the U.S., there are approximately 16.9 million people who experience periods living in poverty.
  • Research shows that 2/3 of women in the United States with a low income can't afford menstrual products.
  • Out of the 16.9 million menstruators in the U.S., 14.2% had experienced period poverty in the past year. An additional 10.0% experienced it every month, based on a study involving college-aged individuals who menstruate.
  • Research shows that 68.1% of menstruators who experienced period poverty had symptoms of moderate-to-severe depression. They also had higher rates of depression than the participants who did not experience period poverty.

You can join the movement against period poverty and Girlish Social Mission at www.girlishmission.org. Girlish gives back 8% of proceeds to Girlish Social Mission as well, so shopping with Girlish means you can support the cause too!

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