Utah Period Project and Aunt Flow host Utah’s first “Period Party” to assemble period products for students experiencing period poverty
60,000 tampons and pads.
One mission — Aunt Flow’s mission: “Changing the world one cycle at a time.”
On Sep. 13, The Policy Project/Utah Period Project and Aunt Flow hosted Utah’s first annual period party, where Aunt Flow provided organic tampons, pads and canvas bags for student ambassadors to assemble 3,000 period packs (60,000 tampons and pads!) for those experiencing period poverty. Aunt Flow is a company dedicated to providing free access in schools and businesses to period products — because, as their website says, “If toilet paper is free, why aren’t pads and tampons?”
“Accessibility is an issue for students in grades K-12 across the country, as one in four menstruating students say they cannot afford period products,” says Emily Bell McCormick, president of The Policy Project/Utah Period Project. On top of that, according to Aunt Flow’s website, 86% of women reportedly started their period in public without the supplies they needed.
Aunt Flow and The Utah Period Project took charge, saying with their actions, “These stats need to change.”
And change, they did. 300 student ambassadors gathered at Twenty & Creek event center in Sandy, with moms, aunts and grandmas supporting from the sidelines, to assemble these packs for the girls missing school because they don’t have access to period supplies.
“We want to ensure students have pads and tampons both in and out of school,” says Emily. “We are proud to partner with Aunt Flow to celebrate the beginning of this school year marking the first time that school-age menstruators have access to quality period products, free of charge––restoring dignity and confidence in students who face period poverty.”
In July, thanks to the dedicated advocacy of the The Utah Period Project and other period proponents, legislation was passed that requires Utah K-12 public and charter schools to provide free period products, and this party was a bold and pink celebration of just that!
Gail Miller spoke at the event, being an avid supporter of the Utah Period Project and championing for girls’ accessibility to these necessary products.
“Utah is a really special place,” Gail says. “We collaborate together — that’s the Utah way. We work together to move the needle and make life better for everyone. We can advocate for those who need our voice.”
Gail, along with the Andrus Family Foundation, funded the 6,300 Aunt Flow free-vend dispensers that were installed in the majority of school bathrooms this year. Say goodbye to quarters!
The student ambassadors danced in their pink outfits to Olivia Rodrigo as they packed period bags with love, empowerment and period products.
As Claire Coder, founder and CEO (Chief Estrogen Officer) of Aunt Flow, said at the event, “Every time you use an Aunt Flow period product, I want you to believe that you can change the world one cycle at a time!”
For those wanting to get involved, find volunteer and donation options on The Policy Project’s website.
Girl power. Period.