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Congresswoman Grace Meng

Representing the 6th District of New York

This lawmaker pushed the Trump administration to put tampons in prisons. She isn’t stopping there

May 28, 2019
In The News

WASHINGTON — Rep. Grace Meng is known affectionately around Capitol Hill as “the period lady." 

And she’s just “fine with that" – at least it means people are talking about what has become the New York Democrat's signature issue and one she has found surprising success pushing during Donald Trump's presidency.

Meng wants women in the U.S. and abroad to have free or affordable access to pads, tampons and other menstrual products. She's already helped secure them in all federal prisons and was key to getting FEMA to allow homeless shelters to buy them using grant money.