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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


Nov 18, 2017 Susan Lanes
Nov 17, 2017 Paul Statman
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 9, 2017 Claire Sands-Sullivan
Nov 7, 2017 r o vanstien
Nov 7, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 7, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 7, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Nov 7, 2017 OSVALDO TOMAS
Nov 7, 2017 Lisa Valiente
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts
Nov 3, 2017 Esther Clayson
Nov 1, 2017 christine taulbee Nothing that is a nesseccity should be taxed!!!! Food,water, certain hygiene products (tampons, pads etc,etc) electricity.All these are nesseccities!!!!
Nov 1, 2017 Linda Stipsky
Oct 31, 2017 Marie Perry
Oct 31, 2017 Teresa Kohl
Oct 31, 2017 Phyllis Dupret
Oct 31, 2017 Nicole Lambert
Oct 28, 2017 Ian Finch-James
Oct 27, 2017 Wendy Horn
Oct 26, 2017 Lois Freeman
Oct 23, 2017 Maren Johnson
Oct 22, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2017 Heidi Wollum
Oct 17, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Oct 17, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 16, 2017 ARNOLD CABRAL Disabled Veterans who is collected 100 percent service connected definitely need to have G4implants should granted the G4implants for free.
Oct 15, 2017 JOANNE REYNOLDS
Oct 14, 2017 Lynda Patterson
Oct 9, 2017 Mark Turner
Oct 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2017 LOIS HAMILTON
Oct 4, 2017 Deborah Bratcher
Oct 3, 2017 John Moszyk
Oct 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2017 Sharon Lebon
Sep 30, 2017 Michelle Calorio
Sep 29, 2017 Marsha Kimball
Sep 29, 2017 Richard Sparkes
Sep 29, 2017 Izabella Dabrowski
Sep 29, 2017 JerriLyn Miller
Sep 17, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Sep 10, 2017 Robert Rogan
Sep 7, 2017 Janine Jensen
Sep 5, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Sep 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 Geniece Medsker
Sep 4, 2017 Brett Dennison
Sep 4, 2017 Trudy Murray

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