Over the last couple weeks, I Support the Girls, a nonprofit for menstrual equity, has been inundated by requests for period products from workers affected by the shutdown.
Today's good news is not enough to end the controversial tax.
Life, a notorious anti-abortion organization in the UK, is receiving £250,000 from a government grant designed to channel money from the tampon tax towards women's charities.
Member of Parliament Irene Mathyssen is setting her sights on the high cost of birth control after removing the federal tax on tampons last year.
This week, the New York Senate voted unanimously to stop placing a sales tax on menstrual products. Previously, the state did not classify pads and tampons as a "medical necessity"—although products like Rogaine and ChapStick fit the bill.
The UK government has said it is "a step closer" to ending the so-called "tampon tax," a 5 percent charge on women's sanitary products, imposed by the European Union.
By the end of March, 25 New York City public schools will give students access to free pads and tampons. According to public health advocates, this is both essential and long overdue.
Last week, five plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against New York state, alleging that taxing necessary menstrual hygiene products like pads and tampons is tantamount to gender discrimination.
Lawmakers in France's National Assembly have voted against an amendment to lower the Value Added Tax paid on feminine sanitary products from 20 percent to 5.5 percent.