Meet Grace Meng.
She is a Queensborough legislator with a vision: To live in a world where all feminine hygiene products are free.
As a congresswoman in her third term, Meng is no stranger to the financial hardships faced on a day-to-day basis.
In February, Meng proposed the Menstrual Equity For All Act 2017 (HR 927).
“Most Americans—across all income levels—believe that feminine hygiene products are basic necessities. So why is it still so hard to afford and access them?”
An FSA comes part of a health benefit care package, and gives people the option of purchasing healthcare products tax-free.
“Under the bill, FSA funds would be allowed for numerous types of feminine hygiene products such as tampons, pads, liners, cups, sponges, douches, wipes, sprays, and similar items used by women with respect to menstruation or other genital-tract secretions.”
Meng’s stance on changing this law is strong, as she has worked on providing free menstrual products to schools, homeless shelters and jails before.
“I think the issue makes people — both men and women — a little uncomfortable…We’ve grown up in a society where it’s taboo,” Meng tells People.
Meng outlines her plans on her own website in 5 simple bullet points:
– Allow individuals to buy menstrual hygiene products with money they contribute to their flexible spending accounts.
Thus far, the act has 21 Democratic sponsors behind it.