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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


Feb 12, 2018 Susan Hinckley-Porter
Feb 4, 2018 Carla Compton
Feb 4, 2018 Melissa Armstrong
Feb 4, 2018 Jeffrey Bains
Jan 31, 2018 Maryanne Thompson
Jan 31, 2018 Freya Harris
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 Elizabeth Moreno
Jan 29, 2018 knych keller
Jan 29, 2018 Leslie Wilbur
Jan 29, 2018 LynnMeta Williams
Jan 29, 2018 Rhiannon Young
Jan 29, 2018 Lori Strausser What?!? Just when one thinks attacks against women can't get any more bizarre... These proposed taxes are outrageous and discriminatory. They must not be allowed to be implemented.
Jan 29, 2018 James Mockaitis
Jan 29, 2018 Evette Pike
Jan 29, 2018 Jan Hopkins
Jan 29, 2018 Beverly Brzycki Although I live in a state where there is no sales tax, I do not agree with this.
Jan 29, 2018 Margaret Sexaueer
Jan 29, 2018 Sandra Bowerman
Jan 29, 2018 maggie walsh Perhaps women should go without feminine hygiene products. Would a man want to sit on a seat after a woman without a tampon has sat there? I don't mind baldness, but I think men would be upset by the sight of blood! Sorry to be crude, but that's the issue
Jan 29, 2018 Jennifer Schonberger
Jan 29, 2018 Karen Lovett
Jan 29, 2018 Francis Robertson
Jan 29, 2018 R. Denis Cole
Jan 29, 2018 Dawn Bowers
Jan 29, 2018 KarenAnn Denson
Jan 29, 2018 Donna Selquist
Jan 29, 2018 Paul Schumann
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) We are being taxed for bein female
Jan 29, 2018 Michael Garrett
Jan 29, 2018 Theresa Walker
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 Charles Pan
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 Deborah King
Jan 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2018 Dawn Williams
Jan 24, 2018 Sharon Mollett
Jan 24, 2018 Kristen Koster
Jan 23, 2018 Jeanne Gandolfo
Jan 17, 2018 cara frame
Jan 12, 2018 Gayla Amend
Jan 12, 2018 Debbie Drong
Jan 11, 2018 Tanja Stanfield
Jan 7, 2018 Thomast friedman
Jan 6, 2018 Vicki Bush
Jan 3, 2018 Joi Bryan

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