At Crescent, we believe that Montana students have the right to an education without being hindered by poor reproductive healthcare. Sadly, a growing pool of data has shown that as many as 1 in 5 girls in America has been forced to miss school because they don't have access to menstrual hygiene products (1). This is what is known as Period Poverty and, frankly, it is unacceptable.
Crescent's mission is to eliminate period poverty in Montana by providing free and readily-available period products to Montana schools, with an emphasis on low income and at-risk communities.
This program doesn't just affect low income students, though. By making menstrual hygiene products free and available to any student in need, we are eliminating the pervasive stigma that women's hygiene needs are less important than others—after all, we provide free toilet paper to our students.
Especially during the critical period of adolescence, tackling this stigma is incredibly important. Crescent hopes to show Montana students that they don't need to chose between being comfortable and healthy and getting an education.