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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


Jan 23, 2018 Jeanne Gandolfo
Jan 17, 2018 cara frame
Jan 12, 2018 Gayla Amend
Jan 12, 2018 Debbie Drong
Jan 11, 2018 Tanja Stanfield
Jan 7, 2018 Thomast friedman
Jan 6, 2018 Vicki Bush
Jan 3, 2018 Joi Bryan
Jan 3, 2018 Rosalie Salvato
Jan 3, 2018 sara Elkins
Jan 3, 2018 Janet & Jon Burrows
Jan 3, 2018 Kathy Woods
Jan 2, 2018 Alexandria Harwood
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Dec 30, 2017 S.R.A. Miller
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 Beveryn Swaim
Dec 15, 2017 Jane Leavitt
Dec 15, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) Pads And Tampons Are NOT Luxury Products! Tey are a MEDICAL NECESSITY!! Feminine hygiene products should NOT be taxed! Share75 Tweet13 3 5
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Dec 5, 2017 Terri Robb
Dec 5, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Dec 5, 2017 Rebecca Lambert
Dec 5, 2017 jo joe
Dec 4, 2017 Barbara Reeves
Dec 1, 2017 Traci Ball
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Dec 1, 2017 Lisa Hammermeister
Dec 1, 2017 christine etapa
Dec 1, 2017 KAREN NILES
Nov 27, 2017 Mary Sier
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Nov 26, 2017 Nalia Li
Nov 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
Nov 25, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 25, 2017 Sue Ellen Lupien
Nov 25, 2017 suzie stoltz
Nov 25, 2017 Ashley Rozanski Feminine hygiene products should not be taxed anywhere. They are a necessity for women
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Lanes
Nov 17, 2017 Paul Statman
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 9, 2017 Claire Sands-Sullivan
Nov 7, 2017 r o vanstien
Nov 7, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 7, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 7, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Nov 7, 2017 OSVALDO TOMAS
Nov 7, 2017 Lisa Valiente
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts

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