New York is hopefully the first of many cities to pass a “menstrual equity” bill.

By Anthea Levi
Updated June 23, 2016
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New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland is trying to make that time of the month a whole lot easier and more affordable for women. If Mayor Bill DeBlasio signs Ferreras-Copeland’s “menstrual equity” bill into law (as he's expected to do), the city will begin providing free tampons and pads in public schools, shelters, and correctional facilities.

The move toward free feminine products has received resounding support so far. According to The Huffington Post, the city council backed the bill in a unanimous 49-0 vote on Tuesday.

“The package is remarkable,” Ferreras-Copeland told the crowd on the steps of City Hall. “It is the only one of its kind, and it says periods are powerful.”

The bill is especially important because it will provide these products to girls and women who really need them, including low-income students, the homeless, and female prisoners. As Ferreras-Copeland pointed out, “menstrual hygiene products are as necessary as toilet paper—​and no one is freaking out about toilet paper.”

New York City is making history with this long overdue legislation. Here’s hoping the rest of the country sees the light.