Why this petition matters
Women have always had to face the far-fetched stereotypes of being less intelligent or incapable of a man. Due to that not only do you get the gender pay gap with women making only 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, but you also get a division in job security and opportunity, and since that exists women are less likely to get jobs (which for the most part are high paying) which then results in a mass amount of women making low-income wages and putting them at a great disadvantage. Not only that but more recently women are losing control of the choice of what they want to do with their own bodies with Roe v Wade possibly being overturned. If we are looking on a global scale here 40% of pregnancies are not planned and even though 50% do end in abortion 38% of them do result in birth. And due to that if the woman is financially unstable she will be incapable of being able to provide for herself and the child resulting in her having to depend on either someone else or the government which ultimately takes away her freedom in a way. On top of being paid less, they are also charged more for things. The reasoning for that is due to the pink tax. The pink tax is basically where women are charged more for items such as personal care, Adult/Child clothing, Health Care, etc than products targeted towards men. A study conducted by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs analyzed several different products finding that things like jeans and shirts make women pay 8 percent more than men. Or things like razors or deodorant women end up paying an average of 13 percent more than a man does. These all stem from discriminatory stereotypes that companies think they could run with of being that Women like to “shop more” and/or spend more money than men do. But it’s also not just companies taking advantage of the scenario with the U.S government putting higher tariffs for international manufactured goods marketed towards women being that it costs 15.1 percent to import those goods whereas for products targeted towards men it is 11.9 percent. With all these disadvantages it seems like the percentages aren’t that high but overall women spend about $1,351 a year than a man on products targeted toward women.