McCray wrote out the poem in five tweets after performing it at Twitter's Position of Strength event

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated March 29, 2016 01:50 PM
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Now that Chicago and the European Union have repealed their taxes on tampons and other feminine products, New York City first lady Chirlane McCray is advocating for a similar bill in New York – through poetry.

McCray, a poet and activist, penned a poem titled “Tampons for All,” in support of the bill, which would provide free pads and tampons to NYC students and eliminate the tampon tax.

She tweeted out the stanzas – each 140 characters – before performing the poem at Twitter’s #PositionOfStrength event aimed at empowering women.

Consider the tampon:
So essential, so taboo.
For decades we’ve been silent
Because they make some men go ‘Ew!’

But finally we are talking:
We say is ‘Enough is enough.’
Menstruation is part of life,
If you can’t handle it, then tough.

Our latest big win –
And this really is cool –
Is bringing free tampons
To twenty-five schools.

It started with Council Member
Julissa Ferreras-Copeland.
She saw we needed more supply
To match all the demand.

This is one small step for NYC
And one giant leap for womankind.
When it comes to menstruation
We all deserve peace of mind.

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The New York State Assembly voted unanimously March 16 to eliminate the tax, and the bill will soon go through the Senate. While feminine products are taxed four percent throughout the state, condoms and other products like bandages are considered medical necessities and are not taxed.