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Congresswoman Grace Meng Is Fighting To Achieve "Menstrual Equity" For All Woman

"Can you imagine being told you can't have any more pads even though you still have your period?"

In a powerful op-ed posted on Marie Claire, Congresswoman Grace Meng speaks out in favor of reforming policies pertaining to women's health. More specifically, Meng is targeting laws that shame and tax women for having periods.

One of Meng's goals is to eliminate the tax on tampons and pads, which are essential for the health of women across the country. But "[e]liminating the tampon tax is not enough for the 86 percent of women who start their period unexpectedly without necessary supplies," she writes. "It is not enough for the low-income women who cannot afford menstrual products on their own and can only get them through food pantries. It is not enough for the female inmates and homeless women who are denied these products or have them rationed. Can you imagine being told you can't have any more pads even though you still have your period?"

This week, Meng introduced the Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2017, which she calls "the first legislation in Congress to deal with menstrual hygiene product access." The bill seeks to address women's access to healthcare necessities and takes into consideration the lack of options for homeless and incarcerated women. 

Unfortunately, Meng faces a particularly hostile political environment which is increasingly unfriendly towards women. See: Donald Trump's repeated attacks on reproductive rights.

"We cannot stop until we reach real menstrual equity for women and girls everywhere. Join me in this fight and, together, we can win," Concludes Meng.

You can read the full article over here.

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