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NYC just became the first city to make free menstrual products available in all public schools

Most girls know, or will soon learn, about the struggles that come with having your period. For girls and women in poverty or that can't afford pads, tampons and other products, it becomes even more difficult to deal with. But the mayor of New York City is doing something about that by making NYC the first city to make free menstrual products available in all public schools, shelters and jails. It's a change that will help over 323,000 women in New York receive something that's so simple yet such a necessity. 

It's a costly necessity, too. According to the Huffington Post, tampons and pads can cost women about $18,000 over a lifetime. That's a *lot* of money, something that can be a burden for many women, making it easy to see why millions of them around the world struggle to get what they need and use toilet paper or even newspaper as alternatives. Outside of the U.S., Scotland is fighting "period poverty," too. The Scottish government is starting a pilot project in the city of Aberdeen to help provide feminine hygiene products to women in need.

Menstruation is a natural thing that happens to women, and we are so thrilled to see that being recognized by those in power. We're hoping that other cities will follow in the footsteps of NYC and Aberdeen to help women get what they need.

What do you think of the new laws in NYC? Is there a bill you want passed in your city? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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by Natalie Bland | 7/17/2017
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