It seems that women have a great reason to be cheerful this March. According to recent developments, the state of New York has decided to finally end its tax on tampons. While this news is great on its own, it happens to be made even better when coupled with the recent decision to provide 25 public schools with free tampons as well. According to the New York Daily News, the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx will be the first to engage in the new program.
City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland is to thank for the recent change after she had a tampon and pad dispenser installed at the High School for Arts and Business in Queens. The councilwoman only heard positive news after the installment and realized that a change had to be made throughout schools in all of the boroughs. The schools chosen to engage in the program first were determined by a needs basis, as the councilwoman stated, “Girls in these districts face the greatest financial hardships.”
Ferreras-Copeland has stated that many of the girls have felt less self-conscious about having their periods during school time and also miss class less often due to the convenience.
One high schooler spoke out to the Daily News about the dispensers, claiming that, “you feel more confident and don’t feel as nervous.”
If the program happens to be successful, talk of an expansion throughout more schools in NYC is a real possibility. We could all be moving to a female friendlier world in the upcoming months!