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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 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Debi Hertel
Nov 18, 2017 Jan Adler
Nov 15, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Nov 13, 2017 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Nov 13, 2017 Nina Pykare
Nov 10, 2017 Joan Autry Hard to believe such non-sense!
Nov 9, 2017 Gisela Weber
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 8, 2017 Kimberly Ann We should all organize a national "Bleed-Out" day. I BET THEY WOULD CONSIDER TAMPONS AND MAXI-PASS NECESSARY THEN!
Nov 8, 2017 Dan Michaud
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 1, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 30, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 30, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 26, 2017 Kay Shelton
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Oct 24, 2017 Mark Berriman
Oct 24, 2017 Misti Lee
Oct 23, 2017 Lora Zeis
Oct 22, 2017 Alexandre Pereira
Oct 21, 2017 Leigha Henson
Oct 20, 2017 Kathi Ridgway
Oct 18, 2017 Jim Murphy
Oct 18, 2017 Jelica Roland
Oct 18, 2017 Betty Kowall
Oct 18, 2017 Liz Pope
Oct 16, 2017 Maxane Goldstein
Oct 15, 2017 Tara Shelby
Oct 13, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Oct 12, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Oct 12, 2017 Julie Brickell
Oct 11, 2017 Kirsten Schelbert
Oct 11, 2017 Teresa Campbell
Oct 11, 2017 tammy bullock
Oct 5, 2017 Sandra Tucker
Oct 5, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 2, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Oct 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2017 Linda Kehew
Sep 28, 2017 demetria stephens
Sep 28, 2017 dors huddleston
Sep 27, 2017 Sheila Massoni if men menstruated no way would women's menstruation products be taxed if they had to use them this is a disgrace and i'm 68 but I care that women are paying tax on products that they need
Sep 27, 2017 Valerie Giddy
Sep 26, 2017 Elaine Greene
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2017 Shona Steere
Sep 19, 2017 sarah carver

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