SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public schools and faculties should inventory their restrooms with free menstrual products beneath a invoice signed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The transfer comes as girls’s rights advocates push nationwide for reasonably priced entry to pads, tampons, and different objects.
California’s newest effort builds on a 2017 regulation requiring low-income schools in deprived areas to supply college students with free menstrual products.
It expands the regulation to incorporate grades 6 to 12, neighborhood faculties and the California State University and University of California programs, beginning in the 2022-23 college yr. It encourages personal schools and faculties to observe go well with.
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“Our biology doesn’t always send an advanced warning when we’re about to start menstruating, which often means we need to stop whatever we’re doing and deal with a period,” Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia stated of her laws. “Just as toilet paper and paper towels are provided in virtually every public bathrooms, so should menstrual products.”
Several different states have been contemplating or have required free menstrual products in public schools, based on advocacy group Women’s Voices for the Earth. Purdue University in Indiana determined final yr to supply free female hygiene products in campus loos.
“California joins a growing number of states who lead the way in demonstrating that menstrual equity is a matter of human rights,” the advocacy group PERIOD stated in assertion. “No student should ever lose learning time due to their periods, period.”
California additionally beforehand repealed a tax on menstrual products that price girls an estimated mixture $20 million a yr.
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Women’s Voices for the Earth says greater than half the states nonetheless tax menstrual products as a “luxury” merchandise. Worldwide, many international locations have eradicated such taxes, together with Britain, Australia, Canada and India.