Women Spends Hundreds Of Dollars On Tampons Every Year: This Bill Could Help Alleviate That


As women, having our “time of the month” is an unfortunate, but inevitable, burden to bear. And if you thought your shoe shopping habit was bad, hear this: it’s estimated that a woman will spend $1,773.33 on tampons throughout her lifetime … and that’s if you don’t constantly lose them after stashing them in your travel bags, or share them with your girlfriends in need (which you will).

Luckily, a recently proposed bill in California might help alleviate the financial burden. The new bill, introduced by Democrat Cristina Garcia and co-authored by Republican Ling Ling Change of the California State Assembly , would make tampons sales tax-free in the state. This isn’t exactly unprecedented or entirely new: Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Minnesota already ensure that women’s sanitary products are tax-free.

In a Facebook post, Garcia wrote:

“This is not insignificant to women, especially poor women on a tight budget who struggle to pay for basic necessities like a box of tampons or pads every month for their adult life.”

And she’s right. Bleeding for days at a time is enough torture without having to pay a lot of money. While the bill won’t entirely erase the unfair cost of being a woman, it will certainly help. After all, as Garcia says, “If we can’t make them free, we should at least make them more affordable.”
Yes, please.

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