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We want to end menstrual inequity. Period.

Menstruation is a normal and healthy bodily function for half the global population of a certain age, and yet menstruating individuals suffer from burden, stigma and hardship — even right here in New Jersey.

Did you know that:

  • A quarter of Black (23%) and Latina (24%) people with periods strongly agree that they’ve struggled to afford period products in the past year. 
  • 27% of all respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to access period products, with two-thirds (65%) of those who have struggled stating they lacked access because they could not afford them.
  • Over one-third (38%) of low-income women report missing work, school or similar events due to lack of access to period supplies.
  • For the nearly 1/5 of the American teenagers who live in poverty, the lack of menstrual products and support can lead to lost educational opportunity.
  • Those experiencing homelessness report infection caused by using tampons and pads for longer than recommended or by improvising with items such as paper towels or newspapers.
  • Incarcerated individuals and those caught in the criminal justice system often beg or bargain with staff for basic hygiene needs, part of a degrading and dehumanizing power imbalance.
  • Menstrual necessities are not covered by SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), or other welfare programs, and are rarely available at food pantries.

We need your help to fix these problems! Please join Period.Project, and be part of the solution to menstrual inequity.

NCJW/Essex Period.Project is an endowed program that has eased the burden of period poverty for thousands of menstruating individuals. Since 2019, we have given out more than 600,000 units of product to more than 20 different local agencies. Individuals, institutions and foundations have recognized our ability to be a local leader and partner working in this field.

We are also a leading advocate of menstrual equity in NJ. We helped form Equality Period [link to website: equalityperiodnj.com], a coalition of partner individuals and organizations formed out of our 2020 round table. We are a lead creator and proponent of legislation to provide free menstrual products in public middle school and high school bathrooms in NJ. We continually address period stigma, and worked to help create May 28 as Menstrual Equity Day here in NJ.

If you would like to learn more about menstrual equity, do a product collection or attend one of our events, please contact us, and come to a meeting!

1 According to a 2021 U by Kotex survey conducted with YouGov
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid.
1. 4 Nearly 1 in 5 American Girls Have Missed School Due to Lack of Period Protection: Always® Joins Forces with Gina Rodriguez & Feeding America® to Help #EndPeriodPoverty and Keep Girls in School | P & G News | Events, Multimedia, Public Relations. https://news.pg.com/press-release/pg-corporate- announcements/nearly-1-5-american-girls-have-missed-school-due-lack-of-period. Accessed November 13, 2019.

Join us in our mission to fight for menstrual equity!

Please email volunteers@ncjwessex.org to: 

  • Find out more information about or to get involved with the Period.Project.
  • Join the NCJW/Essex Period.Project Committee.
  • Advocate for menstrual equity.
  • Organize a collection for our “Time of the Month” initiative.
  • Donate menstrual products.

“I want to make a difference in my community by volunteering, leading, organizing, contributing. Where else can I do so much and have so much fun? NCJW/Essex suits me perfectly.”