Meng Hails Mayor de Blasio's Signing of Legislation to Increase Access to Feminine Hygiene Products

Jul 13, 2016
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today hailed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signing of three bills that will increase access to feminine hygiene products for New York City public school students, shelter residents and inmates.

“The signing of these bills is a giant leap forward in our fight for menstrual equality,” said Meng. “These pieces of legislation will greatly improve access to feminine hygiene products and help remove the stigma associated with menstruation. I applaud Mayor de Blasio for signing these measures into law, and in particular I thank City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Councilwoman Ferreras-Copeland – and all the activists – for moving this issue forward. It has been a privilege to work with them. When I testified in favor of these bills before the City Council last month, I said that ‘we have a responsibility to ensure that women and girls have access to safe, quality and affordable feminine hygiene products.’ Thanks to these bills being signed into law, that will now be the case in New York City.”

“As we celebrate this victory, I will redouble my efforts in Congress to make feminine hygiene products more affordable to women,” Meng added. “I recently convinced FEMA to add feminine hygiene products to the list of items that homeless assistance providers can purchase with federal grant funds, and my legislation that would allow Americans to buy feminine hygiene products with money from flexible spending accounts continues to pick up steam.”

This past May, Congresswoman Meng also sent a letter to the New York State Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader urging them to eliminate the NYS sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

“The bills signed today by the Mayor serve as an example to cities across the country on how changes can be made at the local level to address the menstruation hygiene management needs of women and girls,” said Meng.