Free Tampons For Schools, Jails and Homeless Shelters Signed into Law in NYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio has recently signed legislation making free menstrual products available in all New York City public schools, shelters and jails.
According to the Associated Press, the new laws will ensure free menstrual products are available in school restrooms for over 300,000 girls. Their place inside homeless shelters will help an estimated 23,000 women.
While women were already supplied feminine hygiene products, the new law will ensure that they are available to inmates immediately upon request.
“There should be no stigma around something as fundamental as menstruation,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a release. “These laws recognize that feminine hygiene products are a necessity ― not a luxury.”
New York City is the first city in the nation to proactively guarantee access to menstrual hygiene products. The need is clearly important and will help thousands of women that need it most. Tampons and pads cost an estimated$18,000 over a lifetime.
“Students should be able to concentrate on their studies, New Yorkers in shelter should be able to focus on rebuilding their lives, and women in our Correction Department should be able to work toward rehabilitation and release without the indignity of inadequate access to tampons and pads,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“For too long, we’ve kept silent about menstrual periods, and that silence has hurt our young people,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray in the release. “Young women hear far too many negative messages about their bodies. I’m so proud our city has chosen to send such a decisively positive one.”