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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


Apr 19, 2018 Leah Helmer
Apr 18, 2018 Robert Reed
Apr 17, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 16, 2018 Wanda Anthony Women should have access to feminine products. They’re necessary.
Apr 16, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Apr 16, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Apr 14, 2018 Andrea Howard
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Apr 12, 2018 DALE KASMAN
Apr 12, 2018 virginia green
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
Apr 12, 2018 Nikki Fier
Apr 12, 2018 Janie Anderson
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2018 Haley Svec
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 Judy Clark
Apr 5, 2018 Sieglinda Du Preez
Apr 4, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Mar 31, 2018 Lynsey Kelly
Mar 30, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Mar 30, 2018 nicole westrich
Mar 26, 2018 Mary Floyd Make feminine hygiene products tax-free in your state!
Mar 26, 2018 Kaley Bill
Mar 22, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 19, 2018 Barbara Buehl
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) its not like you tax men products such as axe or condoms, why cant pads and tampons be taxed?
Mar 16, 2018 Brenda Choi
Mar 16, 2018 Linda Harling
Mar 12, 2018 Robin Ripmaster
Mar 12, 2018 Courtney Sulak
Mar 10, 2018 Sally Simpson
Mar 9, 2018 Carolyn Barker
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2018 Ashia Castendyk
Mar 8, 2018 Sheila Ward
Mar 8, 2018 tony conforti
Mar 7, 2018 Rose Martin
Mar 7, 2018 Lorna Davies
Mar 7, 2018 r van strien
Mar 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 Janet Stafford
Mar 6, 2018 Julie Martin
Mar 6, 2018 Annicka Chetty
Mar 4, 2018 Jason Saville
Mar 3, 2018 Judy Moran
Mar 1, 2018 Heather McKenzie-York
Feb 28, 2018 Bruce/Becky Carr This is discriminatory for sure. Certainly its a basic human need that outweighs Rogaine by a mile!

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