“Need one, take one. Have one, leave one” is the slogan of a student-led effort at Murray State University known as MPM or ‘Menstruation Proclamation: A Movement.’ The project involves placing feminine hygiene kits in bathrooms on campus for women who can’t afford them.
Sophomore Jordyn Rowland says her idea came from an encounter with a student who hadn’t been able to afford the price of an average box of tampons for more than a year.
“It’s seven dollars in the United States and food stamps don’t cover it. WIC Programs don’t cover it. So the women on the streets who live on these are picking between a meal and a tampon, which is a giant problem.”
Rowland says she hopes to expand MPM to area high schools and middle schools and is considering taking the effort nationwide.
She also plans on reaching women in homeless and domestic violence shelters in Nashville and St. Louis.