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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.

Register here.



Panel Discussion: 6:00 – 6:40 PM

Audience Q&A: 6:40 – 6:50 PM

Calls to Action: 6:50 – 7:00 PM



IL State Representative LaToya Greenwood, 114th District

IL State Representative Barbara Hernandez, 83rd District

IL State Representative Katie Stuart, 112th District

Dr. Janelle Howell, Women’s Health Physical Therapist

Ashley Novoa, Founder & President, Chicago Period Project

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 shevotesil@gmail.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.

Media Release Statement: By obtaining a ticket, you consent to the photography, audio recording, and video recording of your image and likeness and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for She Votes Illinois promotional purposes, including but not limited to, news, web casts, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other media purpose deemed by She Votes Illinois and its affiliates and representatives.


Coalition Partners:

Blossom Girls Network

Chicago Period Project

Emme Porter DeWitt, community educator

Girls Inc. of Chicago

I Support The Girls Edwardsville

Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition

Indivisible Oak Park Area

Maria Valle Coto, M.D. candidate at University of Illinois College of Medicine

Naper Pride

Northwestern University Menstrual Equity Activists


𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆:

Beauty and Brains Organization

Call For Help, Inc.

Chicago Abortion Fund

Columbia Votes!

Democratic Women of McDonough County

Friends Who March

Illinois Handmaids

Illinois National Organization for Women


Midwest Access Coalition

Mutual Ground, Inc.


Planned Parenthood Illinois Action

Talented Tenths Social Services

United Nations Association of Greater Chicago

Western Front Indivisible



March 31, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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She Votes Illinois