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State legislators are working to make your tampons tax-free

There are many annoying things about “that time of the month” for girls, but some states are looking to make it just a little bit better.

According to Newsweek, in certain states, legislators are fighting to make period products that much cheaper. California assemblywomen Cristina Garcia and Ling Ling Chang introduced a measure this week to make all feminine hygiene products tax-free, because they see it as being “a step towards gender equality.” Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey have already passed similar movements.

A scary research statement showed that women spend $20 million annually in taxes on tampons and pads—and that’s JUST in the state of California.

Said Garcia in a recent press release, "Basically we are being taxed for being women. Women have no choice but to buy these products, so the economic effect is only felt by woman; you can't just ignore your period, it's not like you can just ignore the constant flow.”

"This is not insignificant to women," she added in a post on her Facebook page, "especially poor women on a tight budget who struggle to pay for basic necessities like a box of tampons or pads every month. If we can't make them free we should at least make them more affordable.”

Do you think the products should be tax free? What do you think about this newest measure? Share with us in the comments below!


by Alexa Matthews | 2/1/2016