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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


Mar 23, 2017 Pollyana Harmon Pads and tampons are not luxury items, they are part of basic clothing to stay clean.
Mar 22, 2017 Geraldine Rondeau
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2017 Tracy Goestenkors
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Mar 19, 2017 Jan Bueker
Mar 19, 2017 Averill Waterhouse
Mar 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2017 Sigfrido Losada Torreiro
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 14, 2017 Heike Brown
Mar 13, 2017 danielle jacques
Mar 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2017 Michelle Love
Mar 8, 2017 Pamela Llewellyn
Mar 7, 2017 Suzette Henderson but sunscreen is not non essential - bad example
Mar 5, 2017 Megan Ashton
Mar 5, 2017 Janine Harwood
Mar 5, 2017 Barbara Lamberta
Mar 5, 2017 Cate Ahlgrim
Mar 5, 2017 Brianna Onken
Mar 5, 2017 Marie Kern
Mar 5, 2017 Laura Altman
Mar 5, 2017 marlene underdown
Mar 5, 2017 James Nowack
Mar 5, 2017 Kathy Smith
Mar 4, 2017 Deborah Wall
Mar 3, 2017 Jamie Smith
Mar 3, 2017 Sharon Kavanaugh
Feb 28, 2017 Paul-Denis Clermont
Feb 28, 2017 Karen O'Brien
Feb 28, 2017 Danielle Walden
Feb 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2017 Carolyn Crawford
Feb 27, 2017 Juan Martinez
Feb 27, 2017 Agnes Hetzel
Feb 26, 2017 Joan Hoeborn
Feb 26, 2017 Cristina da Cruz
Feb 26, 2017 mary lehman
Feb 26, 2017 J.B. Picot
Feb 26, 2017 Edelle Waller
Feb 26, 2017 Loraine Lindsey
Feb 26, 2017 Arthur Foster
Feb 25, 2017 Al DeRoy
Feb 25, 2017 Francesca Nicoletti
Feb 24, 2017 Susan Closson
Feb 24, 2017 Dalma Bugg
Feb 24, 2017 Robin Gregory
Feb 24, 2017 Mary Lannon

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