Sanchez's call to action was met with vocal approval and fervent support from a crowd waving signs with battle cries such as "Stop taxing my vagina!" And "There will be blood!"
rallies were held across the country. on Saturday advocated widespread access to products and suspension of tampon tax, rallies in the nation's capital also called for congress to send reports of migrant women at US-Mexico border detention centers, refusing products and bleeding through their clothes .
"We rarely talk about the equality of the menstrual cycle in places that are completely out of sight, such as prisons and detention centers for immigrants," says lead speaker Julie Schwertz Colazo, director of Immigrant Families Together. "They cannot be here to speak in their own words. I am here to ask that we not forget them today, on national day or every day. "
Nadia Okamoto, a 21
"Periodic poverty disproportionately affects people in low-income households," Okamoto says of a report that 46 percent of low-income women have to choose between nutrition and periodic products. "It's not just for periods. This is about gender equality and the fight for global development. "
According to a 2018 survey by Always, a menstrual company, almost 1 in 5 girls across the country left school early or stayed home due to lack of access to periodic supplies.
As a 16-year-old Okamoto was outraged by the perception that comfort while menstruation was a luxury. It's a basic human right, she says, which motivates her to find PERIOD in 2014 with a friend in Portland, Oregon. The organization has registered over 400 campus chapters in all 50 states and in over 30 countries.
Over the last few months, PERIOD chapters have undergone about 12 local and state policies for schools, but they are looking at changes throughout the country. PERIOD has two main requirements: providing products for periods of time to everyone – especially in public schools and prisons – and eliminating tampon tax.
The latter, often referred to as the 'pink tax', refers to sales tax in 34 countries of menstrual products, which classify them as non-essential items, not hygiene products, which are normally exempt from tax and include items such as Rogain and Viagra.