Alas! The day has come that women in New York state -- and possibly the nation, soon enough -- will no longer be victimized into buying feminine hygiene products as a "leisure purchase." Oh, no, finally, the majority of men who run this country have come to realize, through the voices of women of course, that buying these product is not a luxury but a necessity.
NBC News reported that the New York State Senate unanimously passed a bill to end sales tax on tampons, panty liners, sanitary napkins, and the like. It is now on its way to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval before going into law. Luckily, Cuomo has long been an advocate of the law change.
"Repealing this regressive and unfair tax on women is a matter of social and economic justice," Cuomo said in a statement on Wednesday. "I look forward to signing it into law."
The tax, which has been criticized for unjustly targeting women for profit, has been the main cause for the movement making its rounds nationwide. Many argue that the feminine hygiene products should be treated as healthcare and medicinal items, of which are (justly) already exempt.
Both Democrats and Republicans have rallied behind this change, in New York and beyond. Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey have already honed in on the exemption from taxation. And ten other states, including California, are still considering the move as well.
Here's to having one less nuisance to worry about during that time of the month!