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Petition to Simon Roberts

Boots - review the sexist pricing of everyday products

Boots CEO, Simon Roberts: Review your sexist pricing! £9.99 for eye cream for women, but £7.29 for men. £2.29 for 8 women's razors, £1.49 for a pack of 10 for men. A visit to any Boots store and it's plain as day on the British high street that women are being ripped off. So-called 'women's products' are more expensive - from razors to moisturising creams. Women already buy things that men don't have to buy, like make up, hair products and tampons which are taxed as luxuries, plus we earn less than men on average across our lifetimes. Now to top it all off, research has proven what any woman who has ever been inside a hair salon already knew: women pay more than men for the same stuff. An investigation by The Times found that women are being charged 36% more on average for products marketed as ‘women’s products’. The Fawcett Society describe this as a sexist surcharge for women - and I think that’s exactly what this is. It's time this changed -- starting with Boots. Boots is one of the leading high street retailers. They often sell own-brand products at much higher prices to women when there are only minor differences in the product. The fact that these are own-brand products is what makes it really unfair – they don’t have to overcharge you, they simply choose to. Boots should lead the way by announcing a review of their pricing of women's toiletries and make a commitment to charge men and women fairly. These varying prices struck me most when I first had my hair cut very short. Since then, every visit to the hairdressers has cost me £45 in a salon which charges men just £25. I am being charged substantially more just because I am a woman. Now this research has been published, it’s plain to see that this practice is everywhere, especially in products in which the only discernible difference is if they’ve made the packaging pink or not – such as razors and moisturiser. Sure, I could just choose to buy the product marketed at men, but not all women realise that this is even an option. We are led to believe by the branding and pricing that there is a huge difference in product, but for the most part, that simply isn’t true. It is the responsibility of the retailer to stop trying to trick us into buying more expensive products for their own financial gain. If customers come together and say we don't want to pay extra any more, we can make them listen to us. We've challenged the tax on tampons - now it's time to challenge high street prices. If you agree sign the petition, and let's stop sexist pricing! Links to products: Razors: Men's twin blade disposable (10 pack) (£1.49) Women's twin blade disposable (8 pack) (£2.29) Eye cream   Men's Botanics Anti-Ageing eye roll-on (£7.29) Women's Botanics Anti-Ageing roll-on (£9.99)  

Stevie Wise
44,812 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Greg Clark MP, Margot James MP, Justine Greening MP

Give new and expectant mothers six months to pursue discrimination claims.

When I was 4 months pregnant I was sacked by my employer. I found myself pregnant and unemployed with a mortgage to pay. I was terrified and heartbroken.At the same time I attended a routine hospital appointment and discovered I was having a high risk pregnancy. My baby could be born prematurely resulting in potentially life threatening problems. Stress could potentially trigger early labour. The law protects pregnant women and new mums from discrimination, but due to the 3 month time limit for starting legal proceedings against a discriminatory employer I couldn’t wait until I had given birth before I started this incredibly stressful process. This law forced me to make a decision between justice and the health of my baby. That’s why, I’m calling to extend the time limit to begin a tribunal claim to six months - so that pregnant women can start legal proceedings after they give birth, and not forced to do so before. The number of mums who lose their jobs for getting pregnant has almost doubled in 10 years. Far from improving, the situation has drastically deteriorated and significant numbers of women are being affected. Most women are unable to access justice. 3 months simply isn't long enough. For many pregnant women and new mums, they already have enough on their plate and some don’t even realise they are being pushed out until it is too late. For those that realise they are the victims of discrimination, the idea of bringing a case at a time when they are vulnerable and exhausted is just too overwhelming. Finally, like me, many women experience health issues during pregnancy which means they simply can't bring a case within three months without putting themselves and their unborn children at risk. The Government is ignoring this issue. They recently said there is no evidence that the 3 month time limit reduces a mother’s access to justice. Help us make them listen by signing this petition so we can ask that the time limit be extended to 6 months for new and expectant mothers. As many as 54,000 women a year lose their jobs for getting pregnant, yet less than 1% of victims use the law to protect themselves. Pregnant women and new mums are enduring appalling treatment in the workplace and we need to find ways to protect them better. Please sign and share. Thank you. Joeli Brearley, Founder of Pregnant then Screwed   Sam Hall, Tofunmi Agbaniyaka, Mina Hadi and Helen Bates #GiveMeSix

Joeli Brearley
54,491 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Justine Greening, Nicola Blackwood MP

Provide free sanitary products in UK schools! #PeriodPotential

When I was 12 and on my period, I was forced to borrow sanitary products from my school friends or use tissue, as I felt too guilty to ask my mum for money. I knew we didn't have much money, and I also knew how expensive they were.  This carried on through college. I would go to reception and tell them I was unable to attend the rest of my classes as I had started my period. They said that I could buy sanitary products in the bathrooms, but my maintenance allowance (EMA) was spent on ensuring I was able to eat. When I became really desperate I would save my lunch money to buy them instead of eating. Stories like mine are becoming more common, and it’s even worse now that EMA no longer exists. Children in the UK are missing school because they are unable to afford sanitary products, with some being absent for a week every month.[1] This has enormous effect on their education and future job prospects. A bill is about to go through the Scottish Parliament to make it a requirement for Scottish schools to provide free pads and tampons.[2] We call on the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, to make sure sanitary products are free in schools across the UK schools. Teachers are even taking the issue into their own hands and paying for students’ sanitary products out of their own pocket - but because of the stigma surrounding periods, many students will feel unable to ask for help. This taboo needs to end with proper education, but first, free sanitary items need to be provided, so that no one has to miss school because of their period. That's why the National Union of Teachers are backing this campaign. Tampons and pads are necessities, not luxuries, so just as toilet paper is provided in schools for free, so should sanitary items. This is something that has already been recognised in New York, where free tampons are available in schools.[3] I am part of the Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists, who are leading this campaign. Please sign and join us to ensure all children achieve their #PeriodPotential Follow the Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists on Twitter and Facebook - we'd love to hear from you. To contact us, and for our press release, please email: [1] Girls 'too poor' to buy sanitary protection missing school - [2] Holyrood Member's Bill aims to tackle period poverty - [3] 'Menstrual equity': Free tampons for New York City schools and jails - News coverage on the issue: breaking-news/greening-look- free-sanitary-products- poorest-pupils 2017/mar/17/girls-from-poorer- families-in-england-struggle- to-afford-sanitary-protection

Hannah Morrisson
88,863 supporters