City officials are organizing a pilot for stocking libraries, community centers, schools, shelters and other municipal buildings with menstrual products for women who might otherwise have trouble getting them, City Councilor Gabriela Coletta says.
At a council meeting yesterday, Coletta said City Hall is looking at an initial $125,000 cost to obtains tampons and pads and to then distribute them among city buildings. She added that, longer term, the city is considering something similar for birth-control products, now that the city has "reproductive health deserts" after the recent closures of several Walgreens
"Period poverty is real," and Boston is behind other municipalities in helping women ensure they don't have to decide between the products and other necessities.
She added she is tired of the stigmatization of a normal bodily function that roughly half the population experiences.
"We're talking about periods, everybody!" she told fellow councilors.