GIRLS: Italy's About To Give Its Ladies "Menstrual Leave"
Can anyone else hear angels singing? Because we sure can: Italian parliament is currently debating a law that would see period-stricken women afforded three extra days leave a month.
If the bill is passed, it would make Italy the first European country to offer "menstrual leave", something Marie Claire has described as "a standard-bearer of progress and social sustainability."
The news must be music to the ears of every woman who struggles through chronically painful menstrual cycles, but not everyone is in favour of the legislation; some fear it would steer employers towards hiring more men.
"Women are already taking days off because of menstrual pains, but the new law would allow them to do so without using sick leaves or other permits," economist Daniela Piazzalunga told The Washington Post.
"[But] the demand for female employees among companies might decrease, or women could be further penalised both in terms of salary and career advancement."
Miriam Goi, a writer for Vice Italy added: "[It could] end up reinforcing stereotypes about women being more emotional during their periods."
According to The Daily Mail, Japan and South Korea already have similar laws in place, while Nike has its own company-wide menstrual leave policy.