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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


Jul 16, 2018 Janet Glaspie
Jul 16, 2018 sue line
Jul 16, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 15, 2018 Diane Wilson
Jul 13, 2018 Lila Forde
Jul 9, 2018 Judith Lotz
Jul 6, 2018 Susanne Moelter This is beyond ludicrous and shows how patriarchal our society really still is!
Jul 6, 2018 Shielah Blalock
Jul 6, 2018 Emilie Johnson
Jul 3, 2018 Vick Swain
Jul 2, 2018 Michelle Dumar
Jul 2, 2018 Judith Emerson Have a Heart! Women's monthly needs must be made available and affordable, without being taxed!
Jul 2, 2018 Deborah Clarkin
Jul 2, 2018 Diane Gravette
Jul 2, 2018 Samantha Heatherly
Jul 1, 2018 Moira Creel
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 27, 2018 sally dunn
Jun 27, 2018 Stacy Ping They aren't luxury products they are a necessity!
Jun 27, 2018 Judy Nelson
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 12, 2018 Judy Polk
Jun 10, 2018 San**dra C. Your Southern Shamelessness is showing again y'all!
Jun 8, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Jun 7, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Jun 7, 2018 David Pascoe
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 6, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jun 5, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jun 2, 2018 Terri Texcell
Jun 1, 2018 Candice C
Jun 1, 2018 Laura Combs
Jun 1, 2018 Susan Fisher
Jun 1, 2018 Bonita Easley
May 30, 2018 Shelley Waltman
May 29, 2018 Pilar Pérez
May 26, 2018 JOY BRYAN
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 18, 2018 jUANITA vELA
May 17, 2018 Melissa Young
May 16, 2018 Suzanne Payne
May 16, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 16, 2018 Stephen Baranowski
May 16, 2018 Elizabeth Weiner
May 10, 2018 Marilynn Baldwin
May 10, 2018 Barbara Adler
May 10, 2018 Kim Johnson
May 7, 2018 Rhoda Slanger

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