Not all bathrooms are created equal

Not all bathrooms are created equal.

All public bathrooms provide free toilet paper, soap, and even seat covers—but tampons? That's another story.


86% of U.S. women aged 18-54 report that they've started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need.

You should never have to roll your own.

If tampons were freely available in every public bathroom, women would never have to MacGyver their own supplies out of toilet paper.

78% of women

78% of women who've unexpectedly started their period in public without supplies improvised with toilet paper or another makeshift fix.


Free The Tampons

We believe every bathroom outside the home should provide freely accessible items that women need for their period.

Our sisters, mothers, partners, and co-workers shouldn't have to worry about an unexpected physical need becoming an overwhelming emotional ordeal.


Nearly 100 million women1 have gotten their period in public without the tampons or pads they needed.


Take Action

Awareness is half the battle. Share your favorite message below to help spread the word and Free The Tampons nationwide.

Track the Tampons

Ready to get involved? Help us track the state of feminine supplies in restrooms everywhere. Simply tweet your location and "free" or "not free" findings with the appropriate hashtag.

Campaign Coverage

Check out the campaign's national launch at TEDx and see all the latest newsworthy coverage.

Campaign Launches at TEDx

Nancy Kramer's TEDx Columbus talk reveals the national initiative she's been dreaming about for decades—Free The Tampons.

Columbus Dispatch: All Restrooms Should be Created Equal

Nancy Kramer shares her passion behind the campaign and how she's trying to change a social norm.

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Huffington Post: Starting a Movement

Nancy Kramer talks with HuffPost Live on the long-overdue movement to make feminine products freely accessible.

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Columbus BizFirst: Inequality in Restrooms

“Toilet paper, soap and even seat covers are provided in public restrooms – why not tampons?" says Kramer.

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WTTE Fox28: Nancy Kramer Talks Tampons

After the national launch, Kramer talks about her drive to make feminine supplies freely available nationwide.

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Contributions to our effort may be made to the FTT Fund at The Columbus Foundation.
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179% of U.S. women ages 18 and older have ever started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they needed. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census, there are 120,728,000 women over age 18, and therefore .79*120,728,000 = 95,375,120 women have ever started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they needed.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Free The Tampons Foundation from August 14-16, 2013 among 1,072 U.S. females ages 18 and older, among which 661 are women ages 18-54 and 653 are women ages 18-54 who've ever started their period. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact .