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She Votes Policy: Power To The Period
March 31, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Join us for another installment in our She Votes Policy series. She Votes Illinois is determined to ensure issues important to women are addressed in our state. On Wednesday, March 31, we will host a panel discussion covering period poverty to advance menstrual equity through legislation.
Period poverty refers to the inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities, and waste management. The most prominent groups that face period poverty are students, homeless individuals, and people incarcerated. SNAP benefits do not cover menstrual products for menstruators living below the poverty line. While schools and federal prisons are required by law to provide menstrual hygiene products, these laws are not accessible or properly enforced.
Through legislation, we can open the doors to provide menstrual products that are safe, affordable, and accessible to the residents in Illinois.
Panel Discussion: 6:00 – 6:40 PM
Audience Q&A: 6:40 – 6:50 PM
Calls to Action: 6:50 – 7:00 PM
Dr. Janelle Howell, Women’s Health Physical Therapist
Moderator: Mary Catherine Hanafee LaPlante, Board member – She Votes Illinois
Menstrual Products – SNAP Benefits (HB155)
Menstrual Products – School Buildings (HB156)
Menstrual Products – The Homeless Act (HB310)
Menstrual Products – Higher Education (HB641)
Webinar link: You will receive an email containing a Zoom link the morning of the event. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you haven’t received an email by noon March 31, 2021.
Accessibility: The event will be uploaded in its entirety to our YouTube channel with closed captioning available.
She Votes Illinois is proud to host this event to continue our mission to facilitate the political and civic engagement, participation and support of women and to ensure issues important to women are at the forefront of political discourse in Illinois.
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Emme Porter DeWitt, community educator
Maria Valle Coto, M.D. candidate at University of Illinois College of Medicine