At Brown University, it's free tampons and pads for all

No student at Brown University needs to worry about purchasing their own feminine hygiene products — their bathrooms are now stocked with them, for free.

The decision to provide these products follows a student-led effort that argued that tampons and pads are essential, not a luxury.

“Why aren’t these products treated the same way as other products we hand out, like toilet paper?” Viet Nguyen, president of the Undergraduate Council of Students, told the Guardian. “It’s a necessity, rather than a luxury, so Brown and other universities should treat them as such.”

And get this: Students can find the products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms in non-residential buildings, according to the Guardian.

Nguyen explained that students wanted to make the products available in all bathrooms on campus, regardless of their gender labels, to be inclusive to transgender students.

Newsweek reports that the undergraduate student association’s finance board provided funding for the feminine hygiene products. The move to provide the products for free follows national pressure by students to make sure students have access to necessities.

“We want to stress that this has been long overdue and encourage other student governments to make this issue a priority going into this school year,” read a student government statement.


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