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women's health

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Petition to U.S. State Legislators

No Tax On Tampons: Stop Taxing Our Periods! Period.

Aunt Flo is one helluva house guest. She can be painful, messy, and just keeps coming back each month. And, oh yeah, expensive! As anyone who menstruates knows, dealing with a period is a monthly necessity—and a costly one at that. Women spend upwards of $70 a year on sanitary products like tampons and pads. What’s worse, across the U.S., a whopping forty states increase the financial burden of menstruation by charging sales tax on these essential items. Not taxed: a bag of chips. Taxed: a box of tampons. WHAT?! Check out the above map to see if your state is one of the forty that taxes your purchase of tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. For anyone who has a period, these items are a necessity—not an option, not a luxury item—and should be treated as such. Eliminating the Tampon Tax is simply the FAIR and EQUAL thing to do. Change is possible! This summer, Canada made history when its Parliament voted unanimously to eliminate a national tax on menstrual products. Across the pond and down under, women in the U.K. and Australia are insisting their governments do the same. A global movement is underway! Sign this petition, share it with your friends—and let the forty state legislatures that profit from your period know that you won’t stand for it. Join Cosmopolitan in the national movement to Axe the Tampon Tax! #TamponsForAll

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf and Cosmopolitan Magazine
69,067 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Governor Jerry Brown

Sign AB 2125: Healthy Nail Salon Bill

Nail salon workers experience unnecessary occupational exposures to harmful chemicals linked to chronic health problems such as cancer and reproductive and respiratory harm and short term effects such as headaches, dizziness, rashes and breathing difficulties. Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Programs (HNSRP) result in healthier nail salons. Cities and counties have voluntary recognition programs that encourage salons to use less toxic and safer products and practices. In a survey, most healthy nail salons said that by participating in the program, they and their employees are healthier—work-related acute health symptoms disappeared. Plus, their business increased. Consumers appreciate the benefits of beauty services at Healthy Nail Salons. Chemicals in professional cosmetics can also be harmful to salon customers, who increasingly include still-developing younger girls.  In consumer surveys, approximately 90% said they would pay more for nail salon services that used less toxic products and received government recognition for healthier practices. AB 2125, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu, would help make California nail salons healthier through a statewide approach that would involve:  Conducting an awareness campaign for local governments on the benefits of implementing HNSRPs in their locale; Publishing program models and guidelines for implementing HNSRPs; Developing and implementing a consumer education program. The bill passed both houses of the California Legislate and we want to show the Governor this bill has a good amount of support. Join our email list: http://eepurl.com/bLwadb For more information, contact: Phuong An Doan (Vietnamese):  padoan@ahschc.org,  510-986-6830 ext 773 Julia Liou (English) jliou@ahschc.org, 510-986-6848, ext 267 Catherine Porter (English) catherineaporter@gmail.com Mike Lok (English) mlok@ahschc.org, 510-986-6830, ext 8373 Co-sponsors Asian Health Services (Twitter: @asianhealth818) Facebook: "Asian Health Services" California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative (Twitter: @CA_HNSC) Facebook: "CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative" Use #passAB2125 AB 2125 Co-Authors Rob Bonta (Assembly) Kansen Chu (Assembly) Lorena Gonzalez (Assembly) Roger Hernández (Assembly) Evan Low (Assembly) Phil Ting (Assembly) Richard Pan (Senate) Supporters: ACT for Women and Girls Aerovex Systems Alameda County Department of Environmental Health Alameda Health Consortium Alaska Community Action in Toxins American Cancer Society- Cancer Action Network American Lung Association American Sustainable Business Council Asian Advocacy Project at Community Action Marin Asian Law Caucus Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Asian Pacific American Legal Center Asian Pacific Environmental Network Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations Bao Nguyen, Mayor of Garden Grove Black Women for Wellness Breast Cancer Action Breast Cancer Fund California Environmental Justice Alliance California Health Advocates California Immigrant Policy Center California Labor Federation California Policy Action Network Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) Cancer Prevention Institute of California Center for Environmental Health Center on Policy Initiatives Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs City of Santa Monica Clean Water Action Coalition for Clean Air Community Health Partnerships Environmental Working Group Greenlining Institute Immigrant and Resettlement Cultural Center Khmer Girls in Action Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland May Fu, Associate Professor, University of San Diego Michael Fong, Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund National Council of Jewish Women - California National Employment Law Project National Resources Defense Council North County Health Services  OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: Greater Los Angeles Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: Sacramento Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: San Francisco Chapter Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Action Pacific Arts Movement Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility – San Francisco  Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Pacific Southwest Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Proven Recruiting  San Francisco Department of Environment San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Southeast Asian Resource and Action Center Southern California Council on Occupational Safety and Health Students and Faculty of the San Jose State University, San Jose, School of Social Work The Children's Center UCLA Labor Center UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health program Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay Wilda Wong, San Diego State University  Women With a Vision Women's Foundation of California Women's Voices of the Earth Working Solutions Worksafe 25 nail salon owners and workers from Northern California.

Michael Lok
537 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to ASNAU , Lauren L'Ecuyer

Provide Free Menstrual Products on NAU's Flagstaff Campus

**The aim of this petition is to show support behind the idea of stocking Northern Arizona University's academic restrooms with free menstrual health products for those who find themselves in an emergency situation. Students should be able to spend time learning, not trying to find a solution to a menstrual emergency.** Even if you don't experience menstruation, we appreciate your support of those who do!! --Below is an article providing some very valid reasons why schools should provide free menstruation products.-- "The lack of adequate access to menstrual products is an issue that impacts women throughout the world, and it is a serious issue. The push for schools to provide free access to menstrual supplies extends past the collegiate level. Currently, all public schools in New York state have free menstrual products, both in middle and high schools, as required by law. One of the major reasons why it is important for schools to provide menstrual supplies is because, for many, periods can come unexpectedly. In one survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 79% of women over the age of 18 have started their period without access to the necessary supplies, and it is more likely that those in middle and high school are going to be lacking access to supplies if their period arrives unexpectedly.  The other reason that schools should provide pads and tampons for students is economic. Periods are expensive, with a single box of pads or tampons in the United States costing anywhere from $7 to $10. For lower income families, the costs of purchasing supplies every month can be more than they can afford. Access to free supplies would help to alleviate some of the economic strain having a period provides.  Lack of access to menstrual supplies can have an impact on education. Without access to supplies, students often miss class or do not participate as vigorously for fear of leakage and embarrassment. Fear of period leakage prevents students from being able to focus in class and that can overall impact educational outcomes. Without shame and fear, students have more opportunity to be successful in school, which is always a plus. Educational opportunities are being impacted all because people cannot afford the supplies that they need while on their period. If schools were to provide free access to menstrual supplies, it would be a huge step forward in achieving menstrual equality." Source: https://spoonuniversity.com/healthier/why-schools-should-provide-free-menstruation-products

Sara LaRosa
63 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to John Burlow (Nationa Institues of Health), Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, Jeremy Lazarus, Kristen Long, Kevin Griffis, Polly Webster

Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.

Up to 20% or 2 in 10 women and girls worldwide have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a complex hormonal disorder for which there is no cure. While the name may be deceiving, PCOS is not a gynecological issues it is an endocrine disorder affeting many systems in the body. If left untreated PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. For many diagnosed with PCOS, Awareness and education have played a key role in helping them learn to live and deal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and ultimately live a healthier life. That is why PCOS Awareness has to happen now to ensure women and girls do not have to go through another day, month or year of silent suffering and to ensure they are educated on how to live a healthier life with this syndrome. What PCOS is, and what it does to women who have it, is complicated to explain as symptoms and severity of the syndrome can vary from person to person. Some of the classic symptoms are drastic weight gain, hair loss, depression, fatigue, thyroid problems, high cholesterol, panic attacks, headaches, dizzy spells, poor memory or muddled mind, sleeping disorders, constant thirst, extreme cravings, insulin resistance, cystic acne, cystic ovaries, menstrual cycles without ovulation, irregular cycles, severe mood swings, high testosterone levels, infertility problems, excess facial and body hair, not to mention a seven times greater risk than an average woman for four major health concerns affecting women in the United States today including heart disease, diabetes, endometrial cancer and stroke. Because PCOS can cause so many physical and emotional complications, it is important for early detection, treatment and support. Chrisy Wise of Georgia agrees, "I started showing signs at a very young age and went undiagnosed for many years. As a young girl, it was very hard when doctor after doctor kept telling me nothing was wrong. Now, I know all the symptoms together equal pcos." This petition is not only raising awareness and gaining support, it is giving women, their families and supporters of PCOS awareness a voice, a strong voice that will hopefully inspire and invoke change for better health, treatment and support of this syndrome.

Ashley Levinson
13,519 supporters