At Mondays we believe in equality, equality in the workplace and in particular, equality in the toilets.  Everyone would agree that toilet paper is an essential. It is a reasonable expectation for employees to find toilet paper in the workplace bathrooms i.e.not to have to bring it in from home.  Yet, for half the population, for approximately three to five days of every month, not all the essential products are provided in the toilets.

One of Mondays’ core beliefs is that companies should provide period products like they do toilet paper. For a woman on her period these products are an essential, as much as toilet paper is an essential.

‘Equality’ in the toilets means that when anyone goes to the bathroom, they find the essential products for their natural, biological needs.

For men this is already a reality – toilet paper, towels and soap are all provided. But for women? The reality is that essential products for all their natural, biological needs are not provided. This means that in the toilets we do not have equality.

A woman cannot choose when her period starts, it is therefore not a surprise that 86% of women have started their period without the necessary products to hand.  Imagine, how helpful it would be for a woman to have those essential products provided.  Talk to any woman and you will find ALL, have experienced having to stuff toilet paper in their panties. Imagine how uncomfortable they must feel: being around their coworkers, possibly with a long day of work ahead of them, with the constant fear of a leak…

It goes without saying that in addition to every bathroom needing period products, every toilet also needs a bin, this is often missing. As a man, I never thought about this, but it is an important element. If we don’t want period products to be flushed down the toilet or force women to walk out of the toilet holding their used products, we need to put a bin in every cubicle.

close the toilet gap at your workspace and have plastic free period products treated as an essential, rather than a luxury. Close #thetoiletgap

So, where am I going with all of this?

Equality is not simply a word; it is a daily practice, a set of actions we can take (or not), in order to make the ones around us feel more comfortable. We should treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.

How can we, as a society, move forward if we don’t practice what we preach? How can we reach equality between men and women in things like a job interview if we don’t even have true equality in the bathrooms?

A fundamental step in that direction is for men to understand women as they are, in every aspect of their lives (and vice versa!). This begins in the toilet when the man is sitting and sees period products. He is reminded that every woman has a cycle, and once a month she is on her period. 

The more we understand the differences between men and women, the more we can recognize what we have in common. Only then we will be able to see that we are equals.

Written by Andrea, our 2019 Summer intern and philosophy student at the University of Zurich.

Related posts

Understanding your menstrual cycle

Understanding your menstrual cycle

Many people think the term “menstrual cycle” refers just to the bleeding days but in fact, but there is so ...
Organic Mondays Regular Tampons

Not all tampons are the same!

What are the best period products for your menstrual flow? Simply put, menstrual flow changes during your period and it ...
Louka Bot Mondays Changemaker

Mondays with Louka – ‘Tampons, Pads … & cupcakes?!’

How bizarre is the fact that you have no idea what you put inside your body and that maybe before ...
heavy flow period

The Best Period Products For Your Menstrual Flow

What are the best period products for your menstrual flow? Simply put, menstrual flow changes during your period and it ...

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in every 10 women have endometriosis? But what is it exactly? What is Endometriosis? “Endometriosis ...
tampon tax

Tampon Tax – a positive end

The END of the ‘Tampon Tax’ or ‘Pink Tax’ (5% VAT on period products) announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak ...
Care for your Vulva - Love your Vulva - Viva La Vulva - just don’t clean it!?

Care for your Vulva – Love your Vulva – Viva La Vulva – just don’t clean it!?

We often talk about ‘vaginas’ but evidence shows we know far too little about them. The most common terms used ...
Sanitary towels Sanitary pads

Why the open conversation on Periods at work matter – Closing #thetoiletgap

Imagine a world where we had to remember to bring our own toilet roll to work, or risk being caught ...

29 Days: February, the Menstrual Cycle and the lunar month – all a pure coincidence?

February, the Menstrual Cycle and the lunar month... all have one thing in common: 29 days. A pure coincidence? February ...
period positive

It’s about bloody time we become period positive

Last week Louka wrote her Mondays' blog about how she has decided to change her mindset regarding periods and start ...
organic period products

This Smells Like My Vagina

Earlier this week a candle, with the name ‘This Smells Like My Vagina’ went on sale on (Gywneth Paltrow’s ...

How do you celebrate the New Year?

2020 is around the corner. People celebrate the transition of years in various ways across the world. Culture, religion and ...

Starting with Tampons

How to use organic tampons ...

What are you wearing underneath?

Confidence is not a given. It comes from the knowledge that you are worth looking after. If you feel good, ...

The inherited taboo: Why women of the future are set to keep schtum about periods

Periods are still treated as a taboo. Over two million women shy away from saying the word ‘period’ in front ...
sanitary pads, organic cotton pads, THIS SMELLS LIKE MY VAGINA

Sanitary pads, the history and the shame…

Sanitary pads are the most widely used menstrual products on the market today, but where and when were they invented ...
 What’s hiding in your cupboard?

 What’s hiding in your cupboard?

So I dare you on this darkest and scariest of weeks … open that bathroom cupboard and find out what's ...
period essentials menstrual cycle

9 Period Essentials you must know

Menstruation is a natural, healthy and biological process, so here is a list of the basic period essentials every girl ...
Organic Mondays period products, THIS SMELLS LIKE MY VAGINA

Reusable or Single-use Period Products?

Re-usable or Single-use period products? What are they talking about? ...
Day Pads and Night Pads with Cotton Branch

Coming out as a pad girl

Pads ROCK (the organic cotton ones!) and there is no shame in admitting that you are a pad girl ...

Pin It on Pinterest