Project M.E. promotes menstrual equity at the University of Northern Colorado by increasing access to menstrual products, and decreasing barriers. Through the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity, Project M.E. offers students free menstrual products such as liners, pads, tampons, and menstrual cups.
M.E. Pack orders placed between December 12, 2022 -January 6, 2023 will be fulfilled after January 6th! If you don't get the chance to place an order before December 2nd, we will be accepting walk in orders throughout finals week!
Why Menstrual Equity?
- 1 in 10 college students have experienced period poverty. (Cardoso et al., 2021)
- In a 2021 study published in BMC Women's Health, it was revealed that Black and Latina women reported experiencing the highest rates of period poverty among those sampled. (Cardoso et al., 2021)
- According to a 2021 study titled State of the Period conducted by THINX and PERIOD., nearly 25% of students reported struggling to access menstrual products. In addition, 51% of students also reported wearing products for longer than recommended.
- THINX & PERIOD.'s 2019 State of the Period revealed that 4 in 5 students reported missing class or knowing someone who had missed class, due to not having access to menstrual products.
- In a 2019 study that surveyed low-income women in St. Louis, Missouri, it was shown that 64% of participants were unable to afford menstrual products during the previous year, and one-fifth of women experienced this monthly.46% of the women surveyed could not afford to purchase both food and menstrual products during the past year. (Sebert Kuhlmann et al., 2019)
Cardoso, L.F., Scolese, A.M., Hamidaddin, A. et al. Period poverty and mental health implications among college-aged women in the United States. BMC Women's Health 21, 14 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-01149-5
PERIOD, & THINKX. (2021, May 2). State of the Period 2021. PERIOD.Org. Retrieved May 2022, from https://period.org/uploads/State-of-the-Period-2021.pdf.
PERIOD, & THINKX. (2019). State of the Period. The Policy Project. Retrieved May 2022, from https://period.org/uploads/State-of-the-Period-2021.pdf.
Sebert Kuhlmann, A., Peters Bergquist, E., Danjoint, D., & Wall, L. L. (2019). Unmet Menstrual Hygiene Needs Among Low-Income Women. Obstetrics and gynecology, 133(2), 238–244. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0000000000003060
How Can I Access Free Menstrual Products at UNC?
Certain menstrual product dispensers have been converted from a cost system to a free system in bathrooms across UNC’s Campus.
Menstrual Product Packs (M.E. Packs)
Order a free, bulk, and customizable menstrual product pack! M.E. Packs can be picked up from the CWGE, delivered to a residence hall, or mailed to an off-campus residence free of charge. To order a M.E. Pack, click the link, stop by Scott-Willcoxon Hall to place a walk-in order, or call the CWGE at (970) 351-1492.
Email the CWGE firstname.lastname@example.org to request one of our sustainable products.