When Brown University's student government started stocking campus bathrooms with free tampons and pads at the start of this school year, people were thrilled. 

"We had seen a lot of momentum and wonderful progress on this issue on the state level and in secondary education, with states eliminating their tampon taxes and New York City public schools providing the products as well," Viet Nguyen, Brown's undergraduate student body president, told me. "While there was chatter in the higher ed sphere, there wasn't as much tangible action. We wanted to tip the dominoes."

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