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Mission Statement

Prioritize Periods seeks to increase and improve access to free and quality period products for all West Virginians through community organizing, partnerships, and legislation. We believe that every West Virginian deserves access to period products regardless of age, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or income. Prioritize Periods also works to remove gender and hygiene-based stigmas around periods and the people who have them.  

What is period equity?

The idea that everyone, regardless of their identity or status in life, deserves access to affordable and safe period products without gender or hygiene-based stigmas. 

How this issue impacts West Virginians: 

  • Students are forced to miss school because they don’t have products 

  • Parents are forced to choose between products or other necessities for their families 

  • People without access are forced to use unsafe “makeshift” products to manage bleeding 

  • People are forced to reuse single-use products 

  • Burden falls on communities to donate to pantries, which cannot guarantee access 

  • Incarcerated folks are not provided with or are denied access to sufficient products  

Status of legislative priorities:

  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic has introduced several bills in the WV Legislature to advance period equity in the state. The passage of these bills would result in: 

    • Free period products for grades 5-12 

    • Increased access to products in jails, prisons, and detention centers 

    • Tax-free period products  

  • Although these bipartisan bills address basic necessities, they have been met with resistance in the House and have yet to pass. Prioritize Periods is committed to reintroducing these bills and additional legislation addressing period equity until West Virginians have the access they deserve.