Bills pending in Virginia legislature will make menstrual products more affordable and accessible — a win for women and girls!

Today’s Washington Post online headline:  Virginia lawmakers seek to make menstrual products more affordable and accessibletampons

Democratic lawmakers in Virginia are proposing a range of bills this year that would make tampons and sanitary pads more accessible to public school students and incarcerated women and more affordable for every woman in the state.

The bills reflect what’s become a national movement for “menstrual equity,” which aims to improve access to menstrual products, particularly for women who are poor, so that having a period does not interfere with someone’s ability to go to school or to work or to maintain a sense of dignity.

“Women don’t have a choice as to whether or not they have a period,” said Del. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-Fairfax), who reintroduced a bill to exempt menstrual products from the sales tax. “This is a fairness issue. These products need to be more affordable.

If you are a Virginia voter, please let your representatives know your thoughts on these bills!  Read the full article here.

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