On the 200-year-old steps of New York’s august, columned City Hall, lawmakers gathered a crowd and shouted “Tampons!” “Panty liners!” “Periods!” in a cheer for demystifying menstruation.
The rally, organized by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, came moments before a unanimous vote last week to provide unfettered access to tampons and sanitary pads in schools, foster homes, jails and homeless shelters. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ran for office with a vow to make the city more affordable, said he intends to sign the bills soon. New York has become the first U.S. city to enlist in the fast-growing worldwide movement to “free the tampon.”
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