Students push for university to provide free tampons

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Students at a university in Virginia are pushing the school’s leaders to provide free tampons and other menstrual products.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the efforts by students at Christopher Newport University in Newport News are part of a larger movement around the country. The efforts include removing obstacles to getting menstrual products on campus.

Christopher Newport University has a local chapter of the organization called PERIOD. It’s a national nonprofit that advocates for women on menstrual issues.

It has started a petition that asks the school to provide what they say are basic necessities and to “end period poverty.”


The push is part of a national campaign called United for Access. The force behind it is PERIOD and THINX, which makes “period-proof underwear.”

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