04/07/2014 09:53 am ET

If Men Had Their Period, Would Tampons In Your Office Be Free?

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What if, during a job interview, you visited the bathroom and found it fully stocked with all your favorite lady products? Would you feel more inclined to work there? Would you assume that it's a space that's more woman-friendly? As Steven Tyler once said, "If men bled, tampons would be free." Years later, it's worth revisting this question: If men had their periods, would the workplace have free tampons?

Although it may seem trivial to talk about women's hygiene needs, the topic doesn't come without precedent. Long before Sheryl Sandberg was telling women to lean in and #banbossy, female workers were fighting for basic workplace rights, including, incredibly, the right to pee in dignity.

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