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NYC Passes Menstrual Equality Bill

NYC Passes Menstrual Equality Bill-The Robin RachaeWho Runs The World, Girls! It was announced that New York will become the first city to approve legislation for the menstrual equality bill- which feminine products are set to be free & mandatory in all schools, prisons, and shelters for young women & girls.

Here is a statement from NYMag of what the bill will consists of:

“Tampons and pads are not currently covered by public-assistance programs and some school-aged girls stay home or use products longer than they should when they get their periods. Women in prisons face rationing and degrading treatment from corrections officers.The legislation was preceded by a pilot project at a high school in Corona, Queens, which was expanded to 25 schools in Queens and the Bronx. Emergency tampons and pads are already available in public middle and high schools — usually at the nurse’s office — but the bills would require them to be in the bathrooms. Dispensers will be installed in the girls’ bathrooms at 800 schools, reaching 300,000 students at an initial cost of $3.7 million and $1.9 million annually thereafter.”

Tampons and pads are not covered and provided by public-assistance programs and some girls are forced to either stay home or they can’t afford the products. Women in prison face unfair treatment by correctional officers.  Mayor Bill DeBlasio has yet put the bill into law but so far this has been the best news so far for the city and I just hope that women get more support from the community.

 

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