Frequently Asked Questions
Menstrual equity is a worldwide movement focused on destigmatizing the menstruation experience and making menstrual products affordable and accessible. Menstruation is a normal bodily function that occurs to half the population on a monthly basis. 86% of individuals who menstruate have gotten their period in public without notice. 1 in 4 have missed school or work at least once due to the lack of access to products. No student should have their school day interrupted because they do not have access to menstrual products.
This lack of access to schools and other public spaces creates inequitable situations. Think about not having toilet paper available in the bathroom. When organizations make menstrual products easily accessible, individuals who menstruate are better able to perform tasks without the disruption and reduces fear and embarrassment of bleeding which often leads to feelings of shame.
What is being done about it?
State and local governments recognize this growing problem and have taken steps to pass legislation. Currently, 12 states have passed some form of legislation to improve access to menstruation products. Dotstash Founder and CEO Mona Powell is a member of the AB367 Coalition in California. She and her team are actively working to make menstrual products accessible state wide.
What is AB367?
AB367 – California’s Menstrual Equity for All Act, passed on October 2021, requires California public schools and universities to provide free menstrual products to students by August of 2022. For schools teaching grades 6-12, products are required to be free and easily accessible in every female, all gendered, and one male restroom. For public universities, products must be made available in at least one central location.
For more information on the Menstrual Equity for All Act, please visit the officialAB367 bill text. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB367
How can Dotstash help with implementing AB367?
Dotstash is a turnkey solution for menstrual equity compliance, making it easy for schools & districts to become AB367 compliant. We have various products from restroom dispensers to organic and standard products that fit any budget. We also provide guidance to schools that are eligible for reimbursement from the State of California.
Does Dotstash service states outside of California?
Yes, Dotstash is focused on making menstruation products accessible across the U.S.
Does Dotstash services organizations that are not required to comply with AB367?
Yes. We support any organization that wants to make menstrual products accessible.
What services/ products are available?
Please see ourMenstrual Equity Compliance page
How much does Dotstash cost?
Our costs vary depending on the type of school, the size of the student population, and the number of restrooms in each organization. Please schedule a meetingwith us to begin the process of getting a cost estimate.
What can I do if my school has not complied with AB367?
Contact your District Superintendent and school principal in writing.
What is the “tampon shortage”, and will shortages have an effect on my order?
Various factors are affecting the entire menstrual product industry. Including drought and staffing shortages. We encourage you to work with our team to order supplies in advance to secure products and equipment to ensure your organization’s compliance.
FAQ Dotstash Ambassador ProgramWhat is the Dotstash Ambassador Program?
The Dotstash Period Positive School Program provides leadership opportunities for students to be a part of the solution at their school.How does it work?
Students may submit an inquiry form or firstname.lastname@example.org to start a Dotstash Ambassador Chapter at their school.How can students get involved?
Students can get involved by advocating for their schools to become menstrual equity compliant. Dotstash is here to help schools make menstrual products accessible in their organization. To become an ambassador,complete our form.
How can parents get involved?
We believe in strength in numbers. Parents can advocate for their children in the following ways:
- Have direct conversations with administrators at the school and district levels.
- Encourage their child to be a part of the solution and become an ambassador.
- Donate to your local school’sDotstash Period Positive School Program.
Teachers are great menstrual equity champions. Contact your principals, school administrators, and district to find out how they’re approaching menstrual equity. Teachers can also host a Period Positive Program Classroom Box.
How else can I support the Dotstash Ambassador Program?
- Write and send an Advocacy Letter (insert template)
FAQ Dotstash Full UnitWhat is the Dotstash Full Unit?
Perfect for public spaces, the Dotstash full unit is a smart vending machine that dispenses organic menstrual products, while educating users through its media display. Each unit is unique and designed by an artist from the menstruating community.
What features are in the Dotstash full unit?
Dispenses premium quality organic menstrual products with an engaging media display. It has the ability to facilitate free menstrual product programs and can provide stats on how your program is doing.
What location works best for a Dotstash Full Unit?
The Dotstash full unit is meant to be out in the open, in dense public spaces. It is a great option for Universities who are looking for a solution to make menstrual products accessible in a central location.
What is the process to obtain a Dotstash Full Unit?
See if your location is appropriate for a Dotstash full unit. Schedule a meeting with a