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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 21, 2018 Heather Heitkamp-Brown
Feb 21, 2018 Lois Freeman
Feb 21, 2018 Lisa Guerra
Feb 21, 2018 Julie Martin
Feb 21, 2018 Carol Becker
Feb 20, 2018 Barbara Foster
Feb 19, 2018 debbie mason
Feb 17, 2018 Kelly Garrett
Feb 17, 2018 Dorothy Loffredo
Feb 17, 2018 Patricia Kellen
Feb 17, 2018 Warren Allely
Feb 17, 2018 Jonathan Ludwig
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 MaryLynn Michaelis
Feb 4, 2018 miriam feehily
Feb 4, 2018 Brian Gibbons
Feb 2, 2018 Ioanna G.
Feb 1, 2018 Russell Jackson
Jan 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2018 Barbara Leary
Jan 28, 2018 Kay Roberts
Jan 27, 2018 Gerry Stearns
Jan 27, 2018 Betty berry
Jan 22, 2018 Perlita Schubert
Jan 22, 2018 nancy lowe
Jan 20, 2018 susan foley
Jan 18, 2018 Danielle Evans
Jan 18, 2018 Jan Hopkins
Jan 17, 2018 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Jan 16, 2018 barbara gale
Jan 16, 2018 Tracy Schalk
Jan 16, 2018 cara frame
Jan 15, 2018 suzie stoltz
Jan 12, 2018 amrita biswas
Jan 12, 2018 Marie Etzel
Jan 12, 2018 Jerri Miller
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2018 Cindy Bassar
Jan 11, 2018 Marie Perry
Jan 11, 2018 Mary Sier
Jan 9, 2018 Ethel Williams-Dumas
Jan 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 9, 2018 Janice Vakili
Jan 9, 2018 Laura Harris
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Jan 4, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Jan 1, 2018 Anna Bergalis Really
Dec 31, 2017 Lynda Kerr

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