October 27, 2021 2 min read
The Menstrual Equity for All Act that was recently signed into law here in California is a massive step towards menstrual equity. As a former educator and college professor, supporting students in educational environments is something close to my heart.
While building the foundation of what would become Kind Cup, I'd come home after teaching eight hour days and shift my focus to designing and building Kind Cup - sometimes until 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning. I was driven by the belief that our innovative cup design had the potential to truly make a positive impact in the lives of people with periods. Not only did I want to create the option of a better designed product with the highest quality, most sustainable materials throughout, but I also wanted to increase awareness and access. That's why, immediately after launching, I made our first donation of cups via our non-profit partner, Direct Relief, who distributed our cups to historically underserved individuals and communities.
My hope is that we can continue to see legislative bills and laws that increase access not only within our educational environments, but also within homeless shelters and prisons.
Having options for products that work best for individuals is important, whether that's single-use pads and tampons, or reusable menstrual cups, liners, or period underwear. Of course, I'm a huge advocate for reusable products because of the extensive benefits and convenience that they offer.
Providing period products for free in educational spaces is indeed a positive step towards equity, and while there will always be individuals who seek out the convenience and added benefits of exceptional products that better support their bodies and their needs in a way that cups such as Kind Cup does, I do hope we continue to see these laws in more states and countries around the world.
Looking ahead, it's important to note that California has yet to make the temporary tax exemption on period products permanent - as twenty-two other states have already done. California has until July of 2023 to make period products tax free, or else it risks returning to the list of twenty-seven states that still taxes period products as luxury goods.
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