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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


Apr 19, 2018 Shemky Seay
Apr 16, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Flores
Apr 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Apr 10, 2018 Diane Gravette
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Candris Madison
Apr 10, 2018 Felipe Menossi
Apr 9, 2018 Candice Golembo
Apr 9, 2018 Geraldine Hughes
Apr 9, 2018 Edward Hughes
Apr 8, 2018 María Jesús Escobedo Barrera
Apr 7, 2018 Diane Gaertner
Apr 6, 2018 MaryLynn Michaelis
Apr 6, 2018 Emily Doutre Genua
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Apr 5, 2018 KP Power
Apr 5, 2018 Karen Aiken
Apr 4, 2018 Marisa Strange
Apr 4, 2018 Heather Hall
Apr 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 4, 2018 Cynthia Chan
Apr 4, 2018 Alethea Cates
Apr 4, 2018 Anita Latimore
Apr 4, 2018 Artem Vyzhenko
Apr 4, 2018 Dorothy Muckles
Apr 3, 2018 Jodi Ford
Apr 3, 2018 Julie Zackery
Apr 3, 2018 Inessa Shakhnazarian
Apr 3, 2018 Cristina Seica
Apr 3, 2018 Bonnie OBrien
Apr 3, 2018 Carol Fabitz
Apr 3, 2018 Donna Doria
Apr 3, 2018 HELEN WITOWSKI
Apr 3, 2018 Randall Bong
Apr 3, 2018 Janet Pebley
Apr 3, 2018 Nancy Godfrey
Apr 3, 2018 Dana Barry
Apr 3, 2018 Patricia DeLuca
Apr 3, 2018 Leanne Hildebrandt
Apr 3, 2018 Eileen O'Rawe
Apr 2, 2018 Sheri LaGrave
Apr 2, 2018 Angela Berard
Apr 2, 2018 David Pascoe
Apr 2, 2018 Susan Hanlon
Apr 2, 2018 Sheila Ward
Apr 2, 2018 Megan Tunstall
Apr 2, 2018 Nan Towle
Apr 2, 2018 Kelly Thomas

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