Taxing Tampons: A Call to Feminists?


Maybe the next wave of feminists will be found fighting taxes on tampons.

Young women today have grown up with many of the major battles of the movement won by their fore-sisters. Title IX, access to birth control and abortion, and workplace and political equality are taken for granted.

Yet tampons, (and other related products) are subject to sales taxes in many states and other countries. The sales tax, already regressive in that everyone is taxed regardless of income, often exempts items considered necessary, like food. Policies vary state-by-state and nation-by-nation.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and the representative for Florida’s 23rd District, when asked about a perceived generational divide in an interview in the New York Times, responded: “….Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided…”

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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One Response to Taxing Tampons: A Call to Feminists?

  1. Thankfully, I don’t need to worry about those anymore! 😉
    Diana xo


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