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UW-Madison pilots program offering free feminine products

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- UW Madison is piloting a new but controversial program.  The university is offering free menstrual products in three buildings.

"It's nice to know all the hard work paid off," Freshman Evan Pelke said about the unique effort that took months to pull off.

"It really started to take off after we went to the Associated Big 10 student conference," Junior Katrina Morrison said. She and Pelke both serve on the Associated Students of Madison.  For the project they teamed up with the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and Administration and Facilities Planning and Management.
"We came back and we had all this knowledge that Big 10 universities were implementing similar programs, and that helped propel the movement forward," Morrison explained.

Pelke says the effort aims to make 'that time of the month' easier for everyone, that's why hygiene items will be made available in select men's rooms.

"It's not just females who menstruate, it's men who identify as transgender as well,  and rightfully so, we need to accomodate them of course," Pelke explained.

And the $6,000 pilot program doesn't have a big price tag.

"Surprisingly, the university only profits only $46 from the machines (per month) in the facilities and the products only cost $60 dollars a month as well," Morrison said.

She hopes one day the topic won't be taboo.

"By putting these menstrual products in bathrooms across campuses, eventually it will become the norm," Morrison said.

Syracuse and Cornell are two other universities offering tampons in men's bathrooms.

The pilot program continues until the end of the year.

If you'd like to donate to the program to help buy feminine products, you can do so, here.

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MADISON (WKOW) --- UW-Madison is piloting a program to offer free menstrual products to students in certain campus buildings.  The pilot involves women's bathrooms in Helen C. White and Sterling Hall along with men's and gender-neutral bathrooms in the Red Gym where the LGBT Campus Center is located.

The pilot will run until the end of 2017.  The Associated Students of Madison is heading up the project with the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and Administration and Facilities Planning and Management.

Tonight on 27 News at 6, learn more about the initiative and the costs they are evaluating.

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