WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Caroline Dillon of Rochester for her work ensuring that every public high school and middle school in New Hampshire provides free feminine hygiene products to students who cannot afford them.
When Caroline first learned about ‘period poverty,’ which occurs when someone does not have the means to afford basic feminine hygiene products, she was shocked by the magnitude of the problem. Caroline turned her concern into political action by reaching out to State Senator Martha Hennessey, a passionate advocate for women’s health and education. Caroline and Senator Hennessey then worked together to draft and gain support for their legislation in the New Hampshire State House and among advocacy groups. Thanks to Caroline’s efforts, the New Hampshire Governor last week signed into law a bill that mandates that every high school and middle school in the Granite State provide free feminine hygiene products in their female and gender-neutral bathrooms.
Senator Hassan launched the “Granite Stater of the Month” initiative in 2017 to recognize outstanding New Hampshire citizens who go above and beyond to help their neighbors and make their communities stronger. To nominate a New Hampshire citizen to be a “Granite Stater of the Month,” constituents can complete the nomination form here.
Click here and see below for a statement that Senator Hassan submitted into the Congressional Record recognizing Caroline Dillon: