Mayor de Blasio Officially Signs Bill For Free Tampons In NYC Schools, Jails, And Shelters

Last Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio passed a legislation that may very well enact "the largest program of its kind nationwide."

This new legislation guarantees access to free feminine hygiene products for "all female Department of Correction inmates, persons residing in a City shelter and youth under the care of certain Children's Services facilities — including transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming New Yorkers; and public school students," an NYC government release reports.

Initially inspired by the incredible work of city councilwoman Julissa Ferreras Copeland, the bill has officially been signed into law, as promised.

By ensuring that public schools, jails, and shelters receive free pads and tampons, Mayor de Blasio and the "laws recognize that feminine hygiene products are a necessity — not a luxury."

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