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New York City Council members have introduced a series of legislation that would give public schools and homeless shelters free sanitary supplies.  Another bill within the legislation would give inmates access to name-brand tampons and pads that could be available through the commissary.  Read more...  

 

On March 17th, 2016, Chicago lawmakers decided to rescind the sales tax on tampons and pads (woohoo!).  They are now characterized as medical necessities. Read more...  

 

This article is about the stigma around menstruation, specifically in Nepal.  Girls are isolated from the community, forced to stay single person sheds or sleep outside.  Read more…

 

This article discusses the challenges homeless women face.  It also examines specific ways in which a homeless woman on her period is significantly hindered in her day to day life and disadvantaged when it comes to long term plans.  Read more…

 

This article, posted on Nicholas Kristof’s blog, talks about the struggle of being homeless or impoverished as a woman as well as the hot topic of the “tampon tax” and free tampons as a part of health care.  Additionally, Weiss, author of the article, talks passionately about the importance of local groups getting involved with the issue.  Read more…

 

Kiran Gandhi, a graduate of Harvard University, recently ran the London Marathon without a tampon in. “‘I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don’t have access to tampons and sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn’t exist.’”  Read more…

 

This article discusses the difficulties and stigma in Africa that prevents women from being able to have a voice in society.  As a women, it is hard enough to progress in society, but when societal norms are coupled with a shame surrounding one’s own gender, it makes it nearly impossible for women to take even the smallest of steps.  Read more…