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Woman Pushes for Free Tampons
COLUMBUS -- You don't pay for soap, water and toilet paper in public restrooms, so why tampons?
That's the question a mother and marketing agency owner is asking. She's started a nationwide campaign called Free The Tampons, but says it may be a tough sell. She's hoping it will change a social norm within a few years.
Nancy Kramer of Resource has started with a website, www.freethetampons.org, and is using Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to get restrooms in public places to be equipped with free feminine hygiene products.
I think its an issue of dignity and respect. It is so embarrassing to be in a situation where you have had an accident. It is time for women not to have to worry about that, Kramer said.
Kramer cant figure out why toilet paper is free, but tampons arent. As part of her campaign, Kramer commissioned a survey that found 84% of women aged 18-54 report they have started their period unexpectedly in public without supplies they need.
It is something people kind of giggle about at first, but once you explain it to people, they are like, why hasnt anybody thought of this?"
Reporter: Lu Ann Stoia