Sarah Groustra

Like Toilet Paper, Free Tampons in Every Restroom!

Last year when I was a senior at Brookline High School, I wrote an op-ed in the student-run newspaper about the stigma and cultural shame surrounding menstruation in our society. The article caught the attention of local legislator Rebecca Stone, who took action to combat some of the concerns I voiced in the piece. This past May, Brookline became the first municipality in the country to provide free menstrual products in every public restroom.

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Period Positivity

The articles in this special section:

Like Toilet Paper, Free Tampons in Every Restroom!

Sarah Groustra

Sarah Groustra on how her high-scool journalism led to free tampons in the town's bathrooms.

Period Talk

Chanel Dubofksy

Chanel Dubofsky on period-tracking apps, unsettling performance art, a new take on mikvah, and wiping away stigma and rusty taboos.

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