We advocate on behalf of menstruators everywhere for access to menstrual hygiene products and the elimination of taxation of these basic necessities.
In 35 States, menstrual hygiene products are taxed. The Period Projects works with local, state and federal officials to provide information, seek support and lobby for change.
We have found that often government officials have not considered the fact that menstrual hygiene products are a basic necessity still being taxed. In most public schools, these products are not readily available in the same way soap and toilet tissue are. They come with a cost that supersedes a monetary transaction and often carries a social stigma as part of the price tag.
No state or federal agency provides, or discounts, menstrual hygiene products. In South Carolina, headquarters of The Period Project, they even profit from them. SC imposes a tax on sanitary products at the full 6% state sales tax. The state has a lengthy list of tax-exempt items for the state’s tax-free weekend including purses, riding wear, ballet shoes, baby diapers and adult incontinence products. Menstrual hygiene products are not exempt.
The impact is extensive and insidious. In the US, a survey found 20 percent of all students miss days of school each month during their cycles. Unable to afford enough pads, students leave school early or miss entire days. The average woman will need somewhere between 10,000 and 16,000 pads in her lifetime.
The Period Project advocates legislators about the urgency to obtain menstrual hygiene products tax-free, at a discounted or pro bono rate depending on need. We believe through legislative action and education we can inspire change.
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If you are passionate about changing government, influencing educators and making the world a more equal and just place to live for menstruators, join us as a volunteer advocate.
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