All ladies, real talk. The USA is often a pretty amazing place to call home, but it鈥檚 not without its flaws 鈥 especially when it comes to women鈥檚 issues. Between the recently escalated issue of the gender wage gap to the nation鈥檚 less-than-impressive maternity leave policies, we definitely have a long way to go. While women face similar challenges all across the globe, the UK got a one up on us today by finally banning the much-debated tampon tax.

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If you鈥檙e currently thinking, 鈥淲TF is tampon tax?鈥 let us catch you up to speed. In addition to female products being priced higher than men鈥檚 on average, feminine hygiene products often have a tax added to them because they鈥檙e considered a 鈥渓uxury item.鈥 We鈥檒l give you a sec while you finish that eye roll. Obviously, since this became common knowledge, this issue has been met with much protest. In fact, women in London recently held a protest that made headlines all across the globe (more on that here) 鈥 and it seems like it actually worked.

Since the public disdain for the tax became, well, public, Britain has worked to lower the rate to five percent but hasn鈥檛 been able to totally abolish it because they鈥檙e a member of the EU, which doesn鈥檛 allow a tax to be abolished on a product after it has already been applied. However, Britain met with the EU again yesterday to discuss the topic, and all 28 member states have motioned for the tax to be removed. *Insert emoji praise hands here.*

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While this is a major step forward for the issue, it doesn鈥檛 necessarily mean there won鈥檛 be any tax on tampons anywhere in Europe. Individual countries can still vary the rate on select items, including tampons. In a number of EU countries, there鈥檚 still a 20 percent tax on tampons and sanitary pads.

Unfortunately, the rule change could take years to put into place, so don鈥檛 freak out on that summer vacay in London when you look at your receipt and realize tax was included. But hey, even though it鈥檚 going to take longer than would be ideal (aka immediately) to get this amendment going, it is certainly setting a great example for the rest of the globe. Do you hear us, world?

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(h/t BBC, Photo via Getty)