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In the United States, food, medical supplies, and other necessities, are often exempt from state sales tax. Many items that don't seem quite "necessary" fall into this tax-free category, including items like sunscreen, Rogaine, and anti-dandruff shampoo.

But in many states, feminine hygiene products are taxed and therefore seen as non-essential, luxury items.

Women know this is not the case. Menstruation is a fact of life for most women, and products like pads, tampons, and menstrual cups are essential to protecting health and sanitation. They are not optional, so why aren't they exempt from tax?

President Obama said in the article "So Tampons Are Taxed, But Rogaine Isn’t? What You Need to Know About the Recent "Tampon Tax" Lawsuit" by Vogue: "I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items. I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed."

Adding insult to injury is the fact that due to the wage gap, women make approximately 79 cents for every dollar a male colleague earns for the same work. Not only are women being taxed for essential hygiene products, they have less money to spend than their male counterparts.

While some states have ended this unfair taxation of women, still many other persist. Tell the two states tied for being worst for women in the United States according to statusofwomendata.org, Mississippi and Alabama, that their discriminatory taxation must end!

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To the Mississippi Department of Revenue and the Alabama Department of Revenue,

I am writing to you today to bring attention to discriminatory taxation currently being practiced by your respective states.

As you are no doubt aware, the United States exempts certain products determined to be "necessities" from taxation. This includes items like sunscreen, Rogaine, and anti-dandruff shampoo which don't seem exactly necessary for daily life. But one class of items is currently taxed despite the fact that millions of women depend on them everyday: feminine hygiene products.

In your states, pads, tampons, and menstrual cups are currently taxable, leading to an unfair tax on all menstruating women. These items are not optional, so why aren't they exempt from tax?

President Obama said in the article So Tampons Are Taxed, But Rogaine Isn’t? What You Need to Know About the Recent "Tampon Tax" Lawsuit by Vogue: "I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items. I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed."

Adding insult to injury is the fact that due to the wage gap, women make approximately 79 cents for every dollar a male colleague earns for the same work. Not only are women being taxed for essential hygiene products, they have less money to spend than their male counterparts.

As the two states currently tied for last in their dedication to women's rights and welfare, Mississippi and Alabama both have a long way to go to improve the quality of life of women living within your states. Making feminine hygiene products would be a small but significant step to improving your abysmal records.

Please, do the right thing for women in your state. This discriminatory taxation must end!

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Aug 9, 2018 Heather Vargas
Aug 6, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 5, 2018 Anna Buenaventura
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Aug 4, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Leslie Slater
Jul 31, 2018 Sónia Salgueiro
Jul 30, 2018 Mary Royer
Jul 30, 2018 Antoinette Gonzales
Jul 29, 2018 Bonnie Gallik
Jul 25, 2018 dale micherone
Jul 25, 2018 Oscar Carlos Cortelezzi
Jul 25, 2018 Victoria Rogerson
Jul 23, 2018 LORI WELDON
Jul 23, 2018 Caroline CEDELLE
Jul 22, 2018 David Cotner Guess I'm not vacationing in the South again this year until this gets resolved!
Jul 22, 2018 Carola Roy
Jul 19, 2018 Yvonne Points
Jul 19, 2018 Malu Machado
Jul 17, 2018 Jacqueline Watkins
Jul 16, 2018 Jenifer Horne
Jul 15, 2018 Wendy Shuman
Jul 15, 2018 Alice Jacobson
Jul 15, 2018 Carole Gorecki
Jul 14, 2018 Cheryl Martin
Jul 14, 2018 Judi Putnam
Jul 13, 2018 Jessie Lopez
Jul 13, 2018 ioannis tsorvas
Jul 13, 2018 Sarah Cilia
Jul 12, 2018 Gib M
Jul 12, 2018 DIANE HEIMAN
Jul 11, 2018 Stacy Harris
Jul 11, 2018 William Johnson
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Jul 11, 2018 Cassandra Okun
Jul 11, 2018 Sonia Minwer Barakat Requena
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Jul 9, 2018 Andrea Snyder
Jul 9, 2018 Tracy Strickland
Jul 9, 2018 Yvette Gamble
Jul 9, 2018 Laura Scherry
Jul 8, 2018 LOUISE MOORE
Jul 8, 2018 Audrey Simpson
Jul 8, 2018 Simone Davis
Jul 7, 2018 Natasha Varner
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Jul 6, 2018 Emily Nolan

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