Did you know?
- The average woman has 468 periods in her lifetime and a single box of tampons costs $7 at common retailers.
- Women in California pay $20.2 million annually on sales taxes for tampons and sanitary napkins.
- The average woman in the US will use 11,000 tampons or pads in her lifetime.
- Five states have made tampons and sanitary napkins tax exempt: Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New Jersey.
- Having a period is not a choice for women. Let’s reform the California tax code so that we stop unfairly targeting women when they buy necessary health items like tampons and sanitary napkins.
California law exempts health items like walkers, medical identification tags, and prescription medication, including Viagra®. Tampons and sanitary napkins are not exempt. Having a period is not a choice. Here is a list of items that are exempt www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/pub61.pdf.
Join the movement to end the tax on tampons and take one more step towards gender equity!
TO LEARN ABOUT THIS ISSUE, JOIN THE AUTHOR OF THE LEGISLATION AB1561 ON MAY 13 TO DISCUSS: