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It Takes a Community to Abolish the 'Tampon Tax'

Lawmakers who listened to local efforts are behind the slew of newly proposed bills aimed at easing access to feminine hygiene products.
A global phenomenon: Women protesting the tampon tax in Sydney.
A global phenomenon: Women protesting the tampon tax in Sydney.Reuters

For most of history, periods have been caught in a strange limbo between the universal and the personal. Every woman has one, yet few people talked about it.

That all changed last year. Dubbed “The Year of the Period” by NPR, 2015 saw the subway systems in New York plastered with advertisements for “underwear for women with periods.” #PeriodsAreNotAnInsult trended on Twitter. Kiran Gahndi ran the London Marathon without feminine hygiene products.