California Governor Gavin Newsom signs bill requiring women’s products to be offered free in schools and colleges
TSR Politics: California public schools and colleges will be required to stock their restrooms with free menstrual products under a bill signed today by Governor Gavin Newsom.
This new law builds on a 2017 law requiring low-income schools in disadvantaged areas to provide students with free menstrual products, according to the News agency.
The new bill expands this bill to include grades 6 through 12, community colleges, California State University and University of California systems, beginning in the 2022-23 school year. The bill also encourages private schools and colleges to do the same.
“Our biology doesn’t always send an advanced warning when we’re about to start our period, which often means we need to stop everything we’re doing and deal with a period,” Democratic Caucus member Christina Garcia said of her legislation. “Just as toilet paper and paper towels are provided in almost all public places [bathroom]and menstrual products.
California is not alone in this movement. Purdue University in Indiana decided last year to offer free feminine hygiene products in campus bathrooms.
“California is joining a growing number of states that are leading the way in demonstrating that menstrual equality is a human rights issue,” PERIOD said in a statement. “No student should ever lose learning time because of their monthly periods.”
California also previously eliminated a tax on menstrual products that was costing women an estimated $20 million a year.
Newsom had a busy week. Many other bills have been signed into law including the Outlaw Law remove the condomWhich was praised by many.
As it happened law Project which will provide mothers with access to postpartum care and Doula services.
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