This is a sponsored post for Always.
I remember a little over a year ago I heard about a soon to be Duchess named Meghan Markle who had spent time talking about taboo topics like “periods” and “menstruation” and how they impact young girls (and women) in third world countries. I remember hearing about “period poverty” – thinking it was something that happened a million miles away. Little did I know, it was, and is, a very real issue here in my own backyard, in my own country.
Period poverty is a real problem in the United States, and I am here to tell you how easy it is for you and I to help. In fact, I just did, but more on that later.
But what is period poverty?
Period Poverty – What is It?
Period poverty is the lack of access to period products due to finances.
While I can only imagine how this is a crisis in third world countries, the statistics are shocking here at home.
STATISTIC: Nearly 1 in 5 girls have missed school because they can’t afford period protection.
That is 20% of our girls.
Missing school impacts these girls in so many ways – learning, participation in projects, grades, and opportunities.
But it’s not just school. Girls miss activities too.
I think of my daughter and all the activities she is in as a part of her regular education. Girls can be active in athletics (volleyball team, basketball team), band or orchestra, and other programs like choir requiring performances and practices. And those are not including activities and events outside of school, like church.
The overall impact of missing out can be felt emotionally, socially, and academically. Each of these aspects of life are hurt at a time when girls need a boost to confidence most – puberty.
Always Live #LikeAGirl Campaign
I was first introduced to the Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign several years ago and it HIT ME HARD as a mom.
During puberty, it’s more important than ever to boost girls’ confidence, and engaging in regular activities like school and beyond are critical to that. That’s why we need to help put a stop to period poverty.
Help #EndPeriodPoverty with Donation Triggering Purchases
Not only are Always and Walmart donating a year’s supply of period products to 50 teams in 50 states, but you and I can help too.
As women, we are always stocking up on feminine products. By doing so online at smarturl.it/WalmartAlways, we can help #EndPeriodPoverty with a simple donation triggering purchase.
It couldn’t be easier.
Buy select products for you, your daughter, or the women and girls in your life, and a donation is triggered automatically at no further cost to you through the end of January 2019. Yes, for every purchase of a 3-pack box of Always Pads, Always will donate a pack to girls in need across the US.
Donations are triggered by online purchases of these products:
- Always, Ultra Thin, Size 1, Regular Pad With Wings, Unscented
- Always, Ultra Thin, Size 2, Super Pad With Wings, Unscented
- Always, Ultra Thin, Size 3, Extra Long Super Pad With Wings, Unscented
- Always Ultra Thin, Size 4, Extra Heavy Overnight Pads With Wings, Unscented
- Always Ultra Thin, Size 5, Extra Heavy Overnight Pads With Wings, Unscented
It’s a win-win. Most importantly, we can help girls at this crucial age by supplying them something many of us take for granted.
As a mom to a tween, this is something that hits home.
I’ve made my purchase, now won’t you make yours?