Students at colleges across the country are demanding free menstrual products. The University of Arizona, Columbia University, Reed College and the University of Minnesota, among others, have launched similar programs on campus, according to Inside Higher Ed.
Deal helped expand the university’s decade-old menstrual health program in September after getting her period on campus and having to ask strangers for supplies. She took inspiration from Brown University’s menstrual health program and added tampons and pads in more bathrooms, including gender-neutral bathrooms, at Emory.
Chen and Deal said their programs have been successful, but Columbia University had to cancel its menstrual pilot program after only half a semester because of a lack of interest, according to the Columbia Daily Spectator. Columbia’s health services have continued to provide tampons and pads upon request.