Chicago native Faustina Beninato is faced with a terrible choice every month: whether to spend her limited income on food or menstrual hygiene products. Temporarily homeless, she roams malls and the Harold Washington Library during the day – where she devotes two hours to job searching – and rides CTA trains at night to avoid […]
The producers of a film about menstruation got emotional — understandably — during Sunday’s Oscars.
After winning the category for Best Documentary Short at the 2019 Academy Awards for their film Period. End of Sentence., the female producers, including Melissa Berton and Rayka Zehtabchi, took the stage to deliver their acceptance speech.
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“Moshi, Tanzania — Every month when payday came around, Suzana Frederick purchased a packet of sanitary pads. It was the first thing she bought. And when her period started, she knew she was ready for it. The 19-year-old single mother from Arusha, Tanzania, was making 30,000 shillings ($13) a month as a housekeeper and would spend […]
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After witnessing the strength, beauty and bravery displayed by so many during this year’s Women’s March, John was inspired to design an equally bold shoe to express his admiration and solidarity: The Pussy Power. 50% of the sales from this shoe will support women’s charities and organizations in each of our Fluevog storecities. We thank you, Fluevogers, […]
Starting next year, Illinois school districts and charter schools will be required to provide feminine hygiene products in bathrooms to female students, for free. The new state law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, requires that products such as tampons and sanitary napkins be provided at no cost in bathrooms of schools with grades 6 […]
As if the punch-to-the-gut cramps and stormcloud of irritability wasn’t bad enough, women dealing with their periods in Illinois have also traditionally had to fork over an extra tax when paying for products like pads and tampons, long-considered “luxury items” by the state. But ready your Midol confetti, ladies: On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed […]
The Chicago City Council voted unanimously for the measure Wednesday, which dropped a 1.25% city tax. They also are subject to a 6.25% state tax; and 2.15% in other sales taxes. The Illinois legislature is considering measures to drop the state taxes, though the products would still be subject to the 1% sales tax on […]
Now is not the time to be discreet. Let’s be upfront about the “tampon tax.” Oh wait — did we say tampon? Sorry. We meant “feminine hygiene product.” Last week Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, and Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th, proposed an ordinance to exclude tampons from Chicago’s 1.25 percent share of the sales tax. Their […]