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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


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
Sep 3, 2017 Becky Anderson
Sep 2, 2017 Richard Han
Aug 30, 2017 Ann Achuff
Aug 29, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 28, 2017 Deborah Ebersold
Aug 28, 2017 Lee Ann Edwards
Aug 28, 2017 tammy bullock
Aug 28, 2017 Kandis Powell
Aug 26, 2017 M D
Aug 23, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 21, 2017 George Theobald
Aug 21, 2017 MARIA WAHRENDORF
Aug 18, 2017 Suzanne Affigne
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Amy Chevalier
Aug 17, 2017 JoAnn Dunn
Aug 17, 2017 Kim Hanke
Aug 17, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Aug 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Kathy Shimata
Aug 5, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Aug 3, 2017 Andrea Rematore
Aug 2, 2017 choky alvarez
Aug 2, 2017 J.B. Picot
Aug 2, 2017 Juliet Castille
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 Christy Starbuck
Aug 2, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Jul 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2017 Patty Currey
Jul 25, 2017 Rebecka Andersson
Jul 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 Linda Tabb
Jul 19, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 mary ann kahler
Jul 19, 2017 Marina Heilman
Jul 19, 2017 Sue Bosman
Jul 19, 2017 Nancy Drake
Jul 19, 2017 Stephen Wilde
Jul 19, 2017 Shirley Reed To tax these items is ridiculous.
Jul 19, 2017 Kim Anthony

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