Lower the Price of Menstrual Products in Idaho

Lower the Price of Menstrual Products in Idaho

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Camille Hiltbrand started this petition to Idaho State Senate

“The Huffington Post calculates that the 70 percent of women who use tampons go through about twenty per menstrual cycle. Women have an average of 456 periods in their life, which translates to 9,120 tampons used. At an average price of seven dollars for a box of 36 tampons, the total amount women spend on tampons is approximately $1,773.33. When the average lifetime cost of other feminine products such as heating pads, underwear, and birth control are factored in, the total cost of these products over a woman’s lifetime is $18,171.” (The Ultimate Guide to Feminine Hygiene, 2019) This is an issue because people that menstruate have to spend so much money on a necessity that others don’t have to when they are already getting paid less because of the gender pay gap. 

How does one go about fixing the overpricing of feminine products? The producers of these products still need to make money and there needs to be money to make the products. If we were to raise the prices on products that are more of a luxury and not a necessity, such as condoms, we could use that money to bring down the prices of feminine products. Also, pharmacies and stores should have stocks of feminine products that can be given out for free to the people that do not have the money to buy them.

As a group of students from Compass Academy, we are working on writing letters to the Idaho Congress to show how much of a problem this is. This petition will be sent along with those letters so that everyone's voices can be heard. 

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