Newsom signs bill requiring free menstrual products in California public schools and colleges

California public schools and colleges must stock their restrooms with free menstrual products under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The move comes as women’s rights advocates across the country are pushing for affordable sanitary pads, tampons and other items.

California latest effort It is based on a 2017 law requiring low-income schools in disadvantaged areas to provide students with free menstrual products.

The law expands to include grades 6 through 12, community colleges and the California State University and University of California systems, beginning in the 2022-23 school year. Private schools and colleges are encouraged 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,” CDR member Cristina Garcia said of her legislation. “Just as toilet paper and paper towels are provided in nearly every public restroom, so should menstrual products.”

Several other countries You’ve been considering or ordering free menstrual products in public schools, according to the advocacy group Women’s Voices for Earth. Purdue University Last year in Indiana, I decided to offer free feminine hygiene products to 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,” group call period He 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 cost women an estimated $20 million annually.

Women’s Voices for Earth says that more than half of the states still tax menstrual products as a “luxury” good. all over the world, I have spent many countries These taxes, including Britain, Australia, Canada and India.


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