The 14-year-old was reportedly called "dirty" and asked to leave the classroom.
We need to change the message so that everyone views periods as healthy and normal
'Having sanitary products easily available in hospitals would save patients the embarrassment of being caught out at a time that is already stressful enough.'
Can't you just put a towel down?
I will never forget the scene in Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake when the character Katie gets taken into the backroom of a shop for trying to steal tampons because she is too poor to afford them.
We may now be away from the blue liquid, and instead are focusing on empowering women; however, Bodyform and Always (and Tampax) please empower women even further by making sure you #smashshame around menstruation as well.
For me, having closely followed stories of female workers rights of late, this sounds like an explicit call for collective menstrual leave. And rightly so. Menstruation, I believe, needs to be at the heart of the new international feminist movement if we are to deeply understand the rights and needs of 50% of the world's population.
Last week, the BBC aired a potentially ground-breaking episode of Dragons' Den when sanitary box provider 'DAME' made their show debut. It was huge. Their appearance was set to prove that there is money to be made in women's hygiene products and that it's OK to talk about periods. That's pretty amazing. Only it wasn't, at all.
The support so far has meant that our donations can do more than provide a short term fix to the problem, but rather we are being able to present shelters with long term supplies of care packages, so that women who otherwise struggled can now plan ahead and equip themselves fully when it comes to this critical aspect of their health.
TOTM is a campaign we have set up which intends to raise donations of sanitary products, baby wipes and clean underwear for women facing homelessness in and around Manchester City Centre. Lack of access to sanitary products might only be a small part of the daily challenges that homeless women face but I don't think we can underestimate the value of allowing women to maintain their comfort and dignity.