35 States in the U.S. Still Charge Women a Tampon Tax

“In 70% of states across the country, women are charged a sales tax when they buy feminine hygiene products.

Every state has its own list of items deemed “necessary” that are tax exempt, ranging from lip balm and dandruff shampoo and condoms, to pumpkins specifically for eating in Pennsylvania and gun club memberships in Wisconsin.

But aside from a handful of states, tampons and sanitary napkins are not included in this list of so-called “necessary” items. That means that women end up spending an estimated $150 million a year on the sales tax for these items.”

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