A woman on her own faces a night sleeping rough on the street. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, she suddenly realizes that her period has come. She knows that she has no sanitary towels and no money with which to pay for them. After all, any money that she does have needs to be spent on finding food and shelter.
This is the very real prospect for many of the estimated 217,268 women currently living on America’s streets. Yes, they carry the burden of knowing that when their time of the month comes around, they must survive in ways that many of us will never have to. For them, the reality of the monthly cycle is devastating.