Tampon Tax

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Furloughed Government Employees Are Running Out of Menstrual Products

Over the last couple weeks, I Support the Girls, a nonprofit for menstrual equity, has been inundated by requests for period products from workers affected by the shutdown.
Marie Solis

Anti-Abortion Group Receives Funds from the Tampon Tax

Life, a notorious anti-abortion organization in the UK, is receiving £250,000 from a government grant designed to channel money from the tampon tax towards women's charities.
Sirin Kale

New York Is Finally Pulling the Plug on Its Tampon Tax

This week, the New York Senate voted unanimously to stop placing a sales tax on menstrual products. Previously, the state did not classify pads and tampons as a "medical necessity"—although products like Rogaine and ChapStick fit the bill.
Annamarya Scaccia

Free Bleeding: NYC Public Schools to Give Out Pads and Tampons to Students

By the end of March, 25 New York City public schools will give students access to free pads and tampons. According to public health advocates, this is both essential and long overdue.
Annamarya Scaccia

In New York, Tampons Are Still Taxed—But Rogaine Isn't

Last week, five plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against New York state, alleging that taxing necessary menstrual hygiene products like pads and tampons is tantamount to gender discrimination.
Annamarya Scaccia

Should You Be Afraid of Your Tampon?

In the wake of complaints about the lack of research on the long-term effects of mainstream feminine hygiene products, organic pad and tampon brands are growing in number and popularity. But does it really matter if what you stick up your vagina is 10...
Mish Barber Way
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French Feminist Group Plans to Siege Brussels with Giant Tampon

On Thursday morning, the French government rejected a proposal to decrease taxes on feminine hygiene products from the current rate of 20 percent. We talked to the feminist group leading the charge against the "tampon tax."
Lauren Oyler