Petitioning Governor Jerry Brown

Stop the taxation of necessary feminine hygiene products (Tampons, pads, menstrual cups)

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Did you know that in California, pads and tampons are taxed because they are not deemed “necessities” by state law? Other items like food, are excluded from sales tax, because they are necessary for most people to live comfortably.

But people who have periods know that menstrual products are absolutely necessary. That’s why we are asking that California stop taxing tampons and pads. Will you sign our petition and join us?

In California, women and people with periods are forced to pay a sales tax for these totally necessary products. This is a problem, because women are more likely than men to live under the poverty line. Especially for households with multiple women/people with periods, those who live under the poverty line, and those with heavier flow for menstrual cycles (and those who have periods multiple times a month), paying an additional tax on top of already mounting costs for tampons, pads, and menstrual cups becomes burdensome. Half of the population should not be financially penalized for something that occurs naturally in the human body. 

Already, campaigns like this one have pushed Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Minnesota, Maryland and the whole country of Canada to exempt tampons and pads from sales tax. California has a history of stepping up against sexism: in 1995 it was one of the first states to pass a bill that prohibited business establishments from basing the price of services and products on a person’s gender. Now it’s time that our state’s tax laws did the same.

Luckily, some of our lawmakers agree with us. Partially inspired by our petition, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has introduced a bill that would remove this sales tax – and we need to help her build pressure to pass it!

Sign our petition and ask Governor Brown to stop the “pink tax” in California and exempt tampons and pads from sales tax.

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