Ax the tax
In some states, doughnuts, chapstick and cowboy boots are tax free. In 35 states tampons and pads are not.
We call the campaign removing the "tampon tax" – so that all menstrual products are sales tax exempt. This tax is an unfair economic burden. States should not profit from our periods.
In partnership with Cosmopolitan, Period Equity spearheaded the first U.S. “No Tax on Tampons” change.org petition, which is now 100,000 signatures strong. Sign today and let the government know where to stick this tax!
Since we launched this national movement in 2015, 24 states have introduced measures to eliminate the tax. Five have seen success—CT, FL, IL, NV, and NY. We have crafted and waged cutting-edge class action lawsuits. Next up: The Tampon Tax “Legal Action Brainstorm” with leading law schools and firms (aka the Tampon Tax LAB).
Tampons for all
Tampons are not a luxury.
Many in the US are forced to make a terrible choice between buying food or menstrual products. Those who are unable to afford tampons and pads are at risk of isolation, infection and even missed days of school and work.
These problems are well documented around the globe... and they’re happening here too.
What can we do? Make menstrual products freely accessible in places like schools, shelters, and correctional facilities. There are key ways that government can help, by including menstrual products in their budgets and providing them in the agencies and public facilities they oversee. Period Equity is fighting for this core policy change.
We led the campaign to passage of New York City’s groundbreaking menstrual equity laws. We have partnered with state legislators and with members of Congress, including US Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) and US Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), to push for new laws to ensure access to menstrual products.
Clean & green
Period products should be clean and safe. Period.
Tampons should be free of dioxins, pesticides and other toxins. But with limited transparency, the bottom line is that we’re using menstrual products at our own risk.
A person may use as many as 16,000 tampons in a lifetime. Each year in the US alone, approximately 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons end up in landfills, where plastic applicators can take centuries to biodegrade. Our bodies (and the earth) deserve better.
We believe products should be tested for safety over the long-term. We believe manufacturers should be required to disclose all ingredients in their products. And we believe the government should fund studies of potential health risks of menstrual products.
How safe are menstrual products? Find out here.