The City Council on Wednesday will consider a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) and Lydia Edwards (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) to have public schools, libraries, community centers and other municipal buildings stock free menstrual products in women's rooms.
In a proposal for a hearing on the idea of joining Brookline in offering the products through dispensing machines, they write that more than 16% of Bostonians are below the poverty level and that:
A lack of access to menstrual products can contribute to a variety of health, social, and professional challenges.
Although a group called Catie's Closet now provides the products to 23 Boston schools, there are roughly 50 others that could benefit from having the products easily available.
The council's regular meeting begins at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall. The councilors will like send the proposal to a council committee for a public hearing before taking a vote.