You’d think Governor Kate Brown (D-OR), who is statistically America’s least favorite governor according to a recent poll, would probably want to steer clear of woke mandates especially when it comes to children in public schools. But we are talking about Oregon here, a liberal utopia where woke policies thrive.
In order to comply with House Bill 3294, “The Menstrual Dignity Act” signed into law last year by Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon’s Department Of Education now requires public schools to provide feminine products along with instructions on “how to use” those products in all K-12 bathrooms regardless of gender.
A 2021 statement from Portland Public Schools detailed how the act would be implemented long-term.
“Starting next year (2022-2023), products will be available in all restrooms (male, female, and all-gender) in every Portland Public School building where education occurs,” the statement read. The law also requires schools to post instructions on how to use menstrual products.
In addition, the document says that schools should use the term “menstrual products” instead of “feminine hygiene products” for the sake of inclusivity. When referring to students, the toolkit suggests using “students,” “folks” “everyone,” “learners,” or “they/them” instead of “boys and girls” or “he or she.”
Obviously, this isn’t sitting well with Republicans who are furious about the bill. Gubernatorial candidate Bridget Barton slammed Kate Brown for the policy.
“Radical leftist woke policies are destroying Oregon from our streets to our businesses to our schools. But as a mom, a new grandmother, and a Republican candidate for Oregon governor, I can’t believe we’re even discussing this — America’s most unpopular governor, Kate Brown, is putting free tampons in the boys’ bathrooms of Oregon’s elementary schools.
“We’re at the bottom of the barrel and the career politicians spend our taxpayer money on tampons for little boys,” she said. “I’m respectful of all, but it’s fair to let little boys be little boys, and little girls be little girls. Instead, leftist education bureaucrats are pushing this radical nonsense, spending precious class time coming between Oregon parents and their kids, creating activist factories instead of strong community schools.
Under the act, schools were required to provide dispensers in at least two restrooms per school and all restrooms by this upcoming July.