LA will provide free menstrual products to 6 libraries

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a pilot program that will provide free menstrual products at six public libraries.

The pilot program is scheduled to run from April through September at the Downtown Central Library and branches in Canoga Park, West Valley, Los Feliz, Will and Ariel Durant, and Junipero Serra.

“Fairness is not about treating everyone exactly the same. It’s about recognizing that certain groups of people – in this case, women and some transgender men – have different needs that must be met in order to fully participate in the services offered by the city,” said council member Bob Blumenfield, who first offered the program in 2019.

Menstrual Equity is a movement that aims to make feminine hygiene products accessible to all women, regardless of their socio-economic status.

In October, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law The Menstrual Fairness for All Actwhich requires all public schools in grades 6-12, community colleges, and public universities to stock their restrooms with free feminine products.

Monday, UCLA announced that it will begin providing free menstrual products in campus restrooms starting April 4.

Blumenfield said he hopes the program will be expanded to all facilities in the city so that menstrual products are as widely available as toilet paper, soap and paper towels.

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