Homelessness is an epidemic in America. But imagine being a woman on your period with nowhere to clean yourself.
It’s not something that we often think about but it’s something that affects homeless women. Without proper care, homeless women are at risk of infections and diseases.
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Women have periods. Many women are homeless. Women make up almost 32 percent of the homeless population in the United States. Those women have periods too. It’s not something that we often think about, but there’s no dignity in having to bleed once a month with nowhere to clean yourself.
Al Jazeera reported earlier this week that many homeless women felt ashamed to discuss needing sanitary pads or tampons because menstruating, or common term of “period,” remains a subject lampooned or taboo. The news source spoke with Ayana James, one of 3,262 homeless women in New York City, and disclosed that keeping her body clean was “a daily struggle.” For these women, being able to take a decent, regular shower is a mission itself, but when also having their period, the reality of a healthy body feels impossible.
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Without proper care, they are at risk…
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