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

College Kids Want Free Tampons for America

College campuses are leading the charge to provide tampons, pads, and other sanitary supplies to everyone, free of charge.
Garnet Henderson

The Canadian Politician Who Killed the Tampon Tax Wants to Make Birth Control Free

Member of Parliament Irene Mathyssen is setting her sights on the high cost of birth control after removing the federal tax on tampons last year.
Hilary Beaumont

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
Tampon Tax

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

We Spoke to the Women Fighting Australia’s Tampon Tax

Australia's 15 years of taxing periods may finally be coming to an end soon. But why has this recent campaign been more successful than previous attempts?
Emma Do
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Why Is the British Government Taxing Periods?

We talk to Englishwomen about the "tampon tax," which classifies all women's sanitary products as "non-essential luxury items."
Joanna Fuertes Knight

We Went to Yesterday’s Tampon Tax March in London

Women (and some men) marched with fake bloodied underpants on their heads, hoping to draw attention to one of Britain's most ridiculous taxations.
Daisy Jones, Photos: Lily Rose Thomas