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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


Jun 23, 2018 Kim Fike
Jun 23, 2018 Kathy Turner
Jun 23, 2018 Kathryn Spark
Jun 23, 2018 Kevin Beardsmore
Jun 23, 2018 Hooman Larimi
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Jun 23, 2018 Carole Havelka
Jun 23, 2018 joan pigg
Jun 23, 2018 Chelsie Marcusen
Jun 23, 2018 Joy Smiley
Jun 23, 2018 Dana Maxwell
Jun 23, 2018 Tania Malven
Jun 23, 2018 Lorraine Brabham
Jun 23, 2018 Harriet Millman
Jun 23, 2018 Matt Larkin
Jun 23, 2018 Donna Rice
Jun 23, 2018 Robert Hannah
Jun 23, 2018 Liam Perry
Jun 23, 2018 Laura Prestridge
Jun 23, 2018 Claudia Svoboda
Jun 23, 2018 Joanna Hollis
Jun 23, 2018 John Miller
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2018 Sherri Williams Not cool charging women extra monies for a mandatory item in life.
Jun 23, 2018 Michela Claudia Capasso
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2018 Korinne Taylor
Jun 23, 2018 Dan Pongallo
Jun 23, 2018 JoAnna D
Jun 23, 2018 jocely,e coenart
Jun 23, 2018 Bonnie Oliver
Jun 23, 2018 Darcy Dallin
Jun 23, 2018 Brian Gibbons
Jun 23, 2018 Kim Gardela
Jun 23, 2018 Kendra Kendrick
Jun 23, 2018 Nancy Parks-Smith
Jun 23, 2018 George Shepherd
Jun 23, 2018 hebe martorella
Jun 23, 2018 Donna Morgan
Jun 23, 2018 Virginia Rawlings
Jun 23, 2018 Lauren Richie
Jun 23, 2018 Victoire Junot
Jun 23, 2018 Arleen Barber
Jun 23, 2018 Terry Elliott not using the proper product can cause infections .. Do you wish to pay for a hospital bill??? I do not.. Make it easier for women to get the things they need.
Jun 23, 2018 Diana Cowans So many women do not have access to sanitary products or are limited by the cost.
Jun 23, 2018 Nancy Edmondson
Jun 23, 2018 Sonja Biss
Jun 23, 2018 Veronica Pine
Jun 23, 2018 m Essock

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