California Tampon Tax: WE WANT YOU OUT!

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Each year, Californian menstruators are taxed over $20 MILLION just on tampons and pads because they are not considered necessities, yet Viagra and Rogaine do not have this sales tax. According to California law, menstrual products are deemed non-essential goods and taxed at 7.25%, thereby implying that menstrual hygiene is unnecessary -- a luxury. MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IS NOT A PRIVILEGE, IT IS A RIGHT.

For the average consumer, this tax can become burdensome, as menstruators are already expected to pay an average of $7 a month on menstrual products, not including other menstrual care expenses. California has the nation’s highest poverty rate, with 14.3% of Californians lacking sufficient income for basic needs. It is almost guaranteed that half of this population menstruates, and the tampon tax only adds unwarranted pressure for these individuals. Menstrual products are essential, and menstruators will nevertheless buy them to maintain menstrual hygiene. It does not make sense that menstruators are being taxed for something that they have no choice but to buy.

The Tampon Tax exists in 36 states and remains the only gender-specific tax that exists in the country. Our hope is to eliminate this tax one state at a time, which would be a huge step in achieving gender equality and opening up the conversation on menstrual hygiene. As fellow citizens, menstruators and non-menstruators alike, we have the responsibility to note injustice and act upon it. We cannot allow people to pay a luxury tax for a natural bodily function.

We are calling on the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, to repeal the Tampon Tax, and we need your help to do so. Also, we are calling on Gavin Newsom, the Democratic Candidate for California Governor, to advocate for the same. Our goal is 100,000 signatures in 30 days, join us.

Sign this petition, share it with your friends, and join the Menstrual Movement in creating change for millions of menstruators and demanding systemic change towards gender equality.


PERIOD is the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health in the world. We provide and celebrate menstrual hygiene through service, education, and policy — through the global distribution of period products to those in need, and engagement of youth leadership through a nationwide network of campus chapters. In the last two years, we have addressed over 300,000 periods and have registered over 180 campus chapters at universities and high schools in the United States and abroad.



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