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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 20, 2018 Jessie Dora
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Lisa Robinette
Jun 19, 2018 Amanda Bradfield
Jun 19, 2018 Jeanne Sheffer
Jun 19, 2018 Ines Ivanisevic
Jun 19, 2018 Linda Kohn
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Shelby Logsdon
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Catherine Sweet
Jun 19, 2018 Valerie Romero
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Donna Ennis
Jun 17, 2018 Karen Kinnick
Jun 17, 2018 Barbara Garcia
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Ruthie Barry Stop taxing women's essential hygiene supplies! Ridicules!!!
Jun 17, 2018 Lorraine Gregoire Please these item are a Necessity. Sams as Depends.
Jun 17, 2018 Donna Dodgens
Jun 17, 2018 Jan Fournier
Jun 17, 2018 Christine Meyer
Jun 17, 2018 Christine Reinecke
Jun 16, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jun 16, 2018 Julie Hughes
Jun 16, 2018 Marcia Ayres
Jun 15, 2018 Davor Maznik
Jun 15, 2018 Linda Egnal Just another piece of evidence of how women are treated as non-persons in this country! C'mon, states, get your act together and do the right thing - don't tax these items - its not up to us to be women - we were born that way and NEED these products!
Jun 15, 2018 Pallie Schuff
Jun 15, 2018 MaryAnn Hovey
Jun 15, 2018 Brittany Grant
Jun 15, 2018 donna price
Jun 15, 2018 Sue Balk
Jun 15, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jun 15, 2018 Ann Montagnino Ludicrous
Jun 15, 2018 Cyndi Kerins
Jun 15, 2018 Karen Horan
Jun 15, 2018 Brenda Greer These products are a necessity. Not a luxury. The have no business being taxed. Men try bleeding for 5-9 days and tell me it’s fun.
Jun 15, 2018 Carla Nickle Birth control medication should be free through your prescription/insurance coverage. It saves the insurance companies a lot of money, unless they would rather pay for medical expenses....
Jun 15, 2018 Virginia Harris
Jun 15, 2018 Sandra Wyatt
Jun 15, 2018 Pamela Wells
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Cynthia Wendell
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Kimberly Mccoy
Jun 15, 2018 Shirley Barry Thank you for this initiative~!
Jun 15, 2018 Linda Fukuchi-Rosin That is my new married name!
Jun 15, 2018 Elaine Tokarski

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