California public schools to provide free menstrual products by 2022

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill On Fridays public schools are required to stock their restrooms with free menstrual products.

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why it matters: The legislation comes as many women’s rights advocates have pushed nationwide for affordable access to pads, tampons and other women’s hygiene products.

  • The need follows in the footsteps of many other states, such as Washington And Illinois, which passed similar laws this year.

big picture: The California bill mandates that all public schools, community colleges, and California state universities with students in grades 6 to 12 must provide feminine hygiene products in their restrooms starting in the 2022 school year.

  • Bill signed on Friday a . expands 2017 law Which requires low-income schools to provide free menstrual products to students.
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What are they saying: “Our biology doesn’t always send out an advanced alert when we’re about to start menstruating, which often means we need to stop whatever we’re doing and stop having a period,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Christina Garcia. needs to be dealt with.” a statement.

  • “Just as toilet paper and paper towels are provided in almost every public bathroom, so are menstrual products,” she said.

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