Years ago, I got in an argument with one of my good guy friends back in college about the “women’s tax“, wherein women pay more for haircuts, dry cleaning and deodorant among other things. His simplistic take was that I could avoid all those things by seeking out service providers who did not charge women more, forgo the item or use the cheaper men’s versions when possible. It was slightly infuriating, but the one thing he didn’t have an answer for was the money I had to spend on tampons.
Years later, I’m happy that five states have no tax on tampons (another five have no sales tax at all) and a handful more, including my home state of Connecticut are considering dropping the tax. Personally, I think all feminine hygiene products should be free, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
I’m lucky that I’m only complaining about the tax. Many girls and women in developing countries don’t have funds or access to feminine hygiene products and it’s a real barrier to their education. Girls in Kenya, Uganda and more miss up to two months of school a year because they are forced to stay home when they have their periods.
For the month of March, Days for Girls, a group that provides feminine products to women and girls in over 90 countries, is partnering with the new subscription service Monthlygift.com. For every new subscription sign up, Monthlygift.com will donate a month’s supply of tampons, pads and panty liners to the organization.
That subscription costs $10/month and you can choose your own mix of tampons, pads and panty liners, plus optional (?!?) chocolate. Check it out now at Monthlygift.com.