2. NYC + Free Tampons and Pads = YAS.
Join us now as we take you into period utopia wonderland, where the tampons and THINX are free-flowing, all of the pants are extra stretchy, and everything is made of chocolate. Welp, at least New York City is on its way to making some of that a reality (#handsdowngreatestcityintheworld). Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras has convened the first-ever task force on menstrual health. Task. force. on menstrual. health. Welcome to 2015, people! Comprised of a diverse array of community leaders, the group has spearheaded a groundbreaking intiative to make tampons and pads free in public schools, shelters, and correctional facilities. This is a huuuuuge deal (HUGE, PEOPLE) for girls living in poverty (yes, that happens here in the U.S., too) who don’t have the extra time or dough to buy an expensive box of menstrual hygiene products each month. So, you're like, "Right, but when's that actuallygonna happen?" It's launching this week with a school in Corona, Queens. Read more in Ms. and NY Mag. Our dare to everyone else? Go copy NYC!
(NYTimes op-ed writer and feminist extraordinaire Jennifer Weiss-Wolfe broke this news to us, so, h/t Jen).