City councilwoman looks to bring free tampons to high school bathrooms

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NEW YORK — City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland wants to remove some of the taboo around tampons for teen girls.

“We’re calling on all junior high schools and high schools, that there are available sanitary napkins in girls bathrooms so that you don’t have ask a teacher and share that very personal situation with a teacher or nurse,” Ferreras-Copeland told PIX11 News.

The idea was inspired by Ferreras-Copeland’s experience coordinating an after-school program in Queens.

She realized tampons and sanitary napkins can cost up to $10 for a box, and some students didn’t have the money and were ashamed to speak up.

“They’re concerned about ‘can my mother afford this.’”

“Just like we’ve been able to demystify take the taboo out of condoms, then we should do the same for tampons,” Ferreras-Copeland said.

Ferreras-Copeland is drafting legislation for consideration of the full City Council.

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