The most recent Always Confidence and Puberty Survey reveals that nearly one in five American girls1 have either left school early or missed school entirely because they did not have access to period products. At puberty, a girl’s confidence plummets, with the onset of menstruation marking the lowest moment for many girls.2 But the drop in confidence is so much worse for girls who lack access to period protection. It can force them to miss out on important confidence-building activities in the classroom, on the field and in extracurricular school programs, and it can limit their potential far beyond puberty. While lack of access to period products is typically associated with girls in other countries, period poverty isn’t just someone else’s problem. It’s happening right here in the U.S.
At Always we believe every girl should have access to period protection.
That’s why Always is committed to helping #EndPeriodPoverty by sparking conversation and taking action. In the U.S., Always is teaming up with long-standing partner Feeding America on a mission to donate 15 million period products to girls in need this school year.4 The products will be donated through Feeding America’s network and school pantry program. These programs provide food, toiletries and personal care products to children who are most in need.
You can help girls and join our mission to #EndPeriodPoverty. Together, let’s make sure every girl has the period products she needs to stay in school, because helping her stay in education is key to her growth.
- Join the conversation and raise awareness of the period poverty issue in the U.S.
- Post a throwback school photo in social media, tagging @Always (@Always_brand on Instagram) and using the hashtag #EndPeriodPoverty to trigger an Always donation of one month’s supply of pads to Feeding America in the U.S. (before August 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST) 3
- Purchase Always Pads to trigger a donation of product to U.S. school girls in need (before September 9, 2018)4
The #EndPeriodPoverty donation program is one part of our long-term
commitment to ensuring all girls at puberty have the sanitary protection
they need to stay confident. For 35 years, Always has been championing
girls’ confidence. The
Always Puberty and Confidence education programs
reach more than 17 million girls annually, and in just the past 10 years,
Always’ product access programs have delivered more than 80 million pads to
girls who need them most around the world. Additionally, the
Always #LikeAGirl movement
is driving societal change to make sure girls everywhere keep their
confidence at puberty and beyond. The #EndPeriodPoverty campaign is the
brand’s next step in its commitment to continued puberty empowerment.
1 Always Confidence and Puberty Study, November 2017; based on U.S. females ages 16 to 24; 2016 U.S. census.
2 The Always Confidence and Puberty Wave II Study, December 2014; based on females ages 16 to 49 year old.
3 For every throwback school picture posted before August 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST in the U.S. that tags @Always (on Twitter or Facebook) or @Always_Brand (on Instagram) and uses the hashtag #EndPeriodPoverty, Always will donate one month’s supply (twelve pads), to U.S. school girls through Feeding America. Profile settings must be set to “Public” for post to be counted.
4 For every Always Pads pack purchased in the U.S. between July 29, 2018 and September 8, 2018, Always will donate one pad to U.S. school girls through Feeding America. Total estimated donation of more than 15 million pads is based on expected sales in the U.S. and Canada. Actual donation will be determined by actual product sales.