Policy That Must Change
Please support us as we work to make critical changes in laws surrounding menstruation–making Utah and the U.S. an even better place for women and girls.
- Ensure tampons and pads are freely available in schools, shelters and prisons.
- Make menstrual products more affordable by eliminating sales tax on them.
- Reclassify menstrual products as “medically necessary” so they are available for purchase using dedicated pre-tax dollars, like other “medically necessary” items (Viagra, Rogaine, sunscreen, Band-Aids).
The Economics Of Menstruation
There is a short-term cost to providing menstrual products and exempting them from sales tax. But we know from other countries that people who menstruate and lack access to menstrual products:
- Girls and women who stay in school become educated
- Educated women attain higher-paying jobs
- Better jobs allow women to care for family and community
- Women’s economic contribution improves society for everyone
There is NO LONG-TERM U.S. STUDY on access and menstruation. But we know from other countries that women, girls and people who menstruate, but lack access to menstrual health products:
- Don’t perform as well in school
- Miss work and sometimes lose their jobs
- Suffer from infections from using unhygienic materials to absorb fluids instead of sanitary menstrual products
- Experience “embarrassment” and shame among peers
The Menstrual Stigma
Become comfortable discussing menstruation.
of the population experiences it
of the population is here because of it
- Easing embarrassment for girls in school
- Allowing for open dialogue for women at work
- Opening the doors for congress and the legislature to discuss health needs of women, girls and people who menstruate, without fearing it is ‘not their place’
The Legalities of Menstruating
According to the IRS, the overseer of all tax collection, “medically necessary” items do not incur tax (that list currently includes Rogaine, Viagra, Band-Aids and sunscreen). Tampons and pads? Taxed because they’re not considered ‘medically necessary.’
At a state-level, places like Utah charge sales tax on tampons and pads, but not on tickets to athletic events, vending machine candy, arcade tokens or snow making machines.
To see what your state doesn’t charge taxes on, click here.
And schools are required to provide Band-Aids for scraped knees, but not tampons for bleeding of another kind.
You Can Help
You don’t need to be a policy expert to get involved. You just have to care about issues.
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Sign the petition to help encourage the legislature + congress to take note of this issue.
Write your congresspeople (your Representative and Senators at a national level) and/or your legislators (your Representative and Senators at a state level) and let them know that you are concerned about these issues and that you hope they will support change.
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Join us! As we stand together.