Join the movement and say No Tax on Tampons! Period.
Support Assembly Bill 1561, a bipartisan effort by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblymember Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) to end the tax on feminine hygiene products in California.
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!
Together we can make this a law in California! Spread the word. Share your story. Use your social media handles and post these or your own posts using:
Suggested FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM posts:
- Women face more expenses than men and at the same time are paid less. Together we can take one more step in the right direction by ending the tax on tampons. #NoTaxOnTampons #TamponTax
- California women pay over 20 million dollars a year in sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins. We shouldn't be taxing gender. #NoTaxOnTampons #TamponTax
- California tax code exempts food and health products. The fact that tampons and sanitary napkins aren't included is an oversight that needs to be fixed. #NoTaxOnTampons #TamponTax
Suggested TWITTER posts:
- If we can exempt candy and Viagra from the California sales tax, then why not tampons? #NoTaxOnTampons #TamponTax
- Tampons are a necessity, #notaluxury #NoTaxOnTampons #TamponTax
Please urge your LEGISLATOR and the GOVERNOR to support AB 1561.
Arm yourself with these facts:
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.
The average woman has 468 periods over her lifetime and a single box of tampons costs $7 at common retailers. This is not insignificant to women, especially poor women on a tight budget who struggle to pay for basic necessities like a box of tampons or pads every month for their adult life.
Women face more expenses than men and at the same time are paid less. Women make 79 cents on the dollar when compared to men. At the same time women face higher costs for goods and services due to gender pricing. Relieving the economic burden on women is a step-by-step process. From Canada, to the UK, to Malaysia, political leaders have repealed, reduced, or are under pressure from activists to get rid of the tampon tax.