Happy Menstrual Monday!! This week we will explore what the term, Menstrual Equity, really means and why we use it so much. Menstrual equity is an all-encompassing term used in the fight for equal access to menstrual products and reproductive health education. The fight for menstrual equity is for everyone with a uterus— including but not limited to cis women, trans men, and non-binary folks. We strive to ALWAYS take a gender neutral approach when we discuss menstruation in order to ensure proper representation for everyone who gets their period. Our #MenstrualMonday campaign purpose is to educate our community on menstruation and the issues surrounding it such as period poverty, lack of access, and lack of university attention. Period poverty is a global issue, and takes forms in many ways. Many menstruators are subject to sitting on cardboard for their entire period, unable to attend school or work for at least a week. Period poverty also takes it’s shape on college campuses, where menstruators who fall outside of gender norms may feel uncomfortable purchasing menstrual products. College students, especially at private universities, are dealing with crippling debt and a constant lack of personal funds— no one should have to make the decision between having food on the table and having a comfortable period. This is why we provide free pads and tampons via the Menstrual Equity Product. Menstrual products are just as much as a necessity as toilet paper, and we won’t stop until Loyola pledges to take over stocking ALL campus restrooms themselves.