Beginning fall 2019, Boston Public Schools (BPS) will bring free menstrual supplies to students in grades 6-12 at 77 schools within the district.

Boston Mayor, Martin J. Walsh said in a statement Monday. ““This pilot program is about equity in our schools, and among our young people. Nearly one in five girls in the U.S. have left school early, or missed school all together because they didn’t have access to menstrual products.”

Boston’s pilot program comes one year after New York did the same in July 2018 with legislation that required all school districts, serving grades 6-12, to provide free feminine hygiene products, including menstrual pads and tampons, in restrooms.

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