Great Scott … It’s Free!

March 6, 2020
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Scotland says sanitary products should be free for women—period. It’s true. Scotland, known for its historic castles, friendly pubs, breathtaking views, and natural wonders, is now known for something else: being a leader in gender equality. How so? In 2018, Scotland became the first country in the world to take a stand against period poverty (or when women have a hard time accessing menstrual products or can’t afford them) by providing free sanitary products such as pads and tampons in all of its schools, colleges, and universities. Recently, the Scottish Parliament made world headlines again by passing the Period Products (Free Provision) Bill, with all of its members in favor and only one abstaining. If the Period Products (Free Provision) Bill passes its next two hurdles, sanitary products will be offered at designated public spaces such as community buildings and pharmacies for anyone who needs them at no cost. Now that’s something to cheer about during this International Women’s Month!

Do you think that sanitary products such as pads and tampons should be offered at public places for free? Why or why not?