Imagine living in poverty and having to choose between feeding your family or buying feminine hygiene products.
This is a reality for more than 16.3 million women in living in the United States. According to the National Women’s Law Center, women are 38% more likely to live in poverty than men, and women of color experience poverty at a much higher rate than white women.
Women and girls who are living in poverty often have to sacrifice buying menstrual products in order to help pay for other necessities. This is largely due to the high price of menstrual products and the fact that they are taxed as “luxury items”. However, menstrual products are just as necessary as food, water, shelter, and other hygiene-related products.
Imagine having to pay for something that was natural and completely out of your control.
We’re doing it.
Over the past few years, news and social media campaigns have brought light to the issue of the “tampon tax”, also known as the “pink tax” in America as well as the rest of the world. Perhaps like you, I had no idea that this tax even existed until a few years ago. And I was just as taken aback as many people–and remain confused even today.
People are outraged and are demanding change because of this tampon tax, but do we fully understand what the tampon tax is?