By now you’ve probably heard about Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s push to expand the state’s CalWORKS program to include $80 a month for low-income families to buy diapers. It’s getting a lot of press lately, both because it’d be the first U.S. welfare program to cover diapers, and because it’s provoked some nasty reactions.
That puts it on the same footing as another idea proposed this week by writer Jessica Valenti, who says governments worldwide should consider subsidizing feminine hygiene products:
And for young women worldwide, getting your period means new expenses, days away from school and risking regular infections. All because too many governments don’t recognize feminine hygiene as a health issue.
We need to move beyond the stigma of “that time of the month” – women’s feminine hygiene products should be free for all, all the time.
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