“Tampon Tax” Hits Women Of Color Especially Hard

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More and more women are joining the fight to get rid of “tampon tax,” or tax on tampons, sanitary pads and other feminine hygiene products.

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Now, some might argue that fighting to get rid of tampon tax is no more important that fighting to get rid of any other hygiene product, like soap. But, feminine hygiene is a little different, as these products (and taxes) only apply to women and there are several items, like groceries, that are already tax-free in certain states.

“Basically, we’re being taxed for being women. The economic effect is only felt by women, and women of color are particularly hard hit by this tax,” said Christina Garcia, Assembly member of California (District 58), in a press release.