- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 11,000 New York City girls will soon find free tampons and sanitary napkins in their school restrooms.

City Council members and school officials announced the plan Monday. Dispensers will be installed in 25 public middle and high schools in Queens and the Bronx.

The initiative comes as women’s advocates press to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products in New York and several other states.

New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has led the effort to supply the products for free in schools. The city Education Department is paying the roughly $160,000 cost.

Ferreras-Copeland says that in her former job running an afterschool program, she noticed girls skipping out because they were embarrassed to ask for pads or had stained their clothes because they didn’t have the supplies.

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