Period poverty, the lack of access to menstruation supplies and facilities, creates inequality within everyday life. Previous research looks at urban areas to assess the inequality faced within menstruation (Sector-Turner et al., 2020). A deeper understanding of availability of educational resources related to menstruation and the challenges faced by those who menstruate is needed. This study looks specifically at states within the Midwest. Assessing areas such as Duluth and Superior, a metropolitan rural area, allows for a better understanding of the overall effect of menstruation inequalities. Often those facing period poverty miss important events such as school or work due to lack of supplies. We collected data from a range of students, many being undergraduates from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. These survey results brought forth the inequalities faced by those who menstruate. Menstruation inequality was experienced by groups above and below the poverty line.

Student Name: Zoe Tietz

University: UW-Superior

Adviser: Dr. Khalil (Haji) Dokhanchi