If you're a woman, there's a 1 in 12 chance you're on your period right this second, and most of you are using some form of store-bought feminine hygiene products, costing you $70 a year on average. Those items are now taxed as "luxury items" (though women know there's nothing luxury about them), adding up to $14 million for the state annually—but a new bill would reclassify them as tax-exempt necessities.
On Monday, the state senate unanimously passed the bill, and it's now on its way to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has previously voiced his support for repealing the tax. Soon, New York women could be paying just a little less for the right to exist while female. If you haven't heard of the pink tax, a.k.a. how women pay more than men for the same items, now's a good time to read up.