Women’s feminine hygiene products, such as tampons and pads, have been taxed for years, and women all over the United States are tired of it. The anger is based on the fact that sales tax is calculated on supposed “nonessential items”, and women’s feminine hygiene products are not something that they can go without. The sales tax revenue that states earn from women who have to buy the products on a monthly basis is in the millions. The question arises whether this taxation has occurred because of the vast majority of male lawmakers through the years who have no understanding of a woman’s period essential.
The movement to stop the taxation of feminine hygiene products has also brought up the struggles of women and girls in poverty in nations like Brazil where Sergio Cortes is from who often cannot afford these basic necessities, which are not covered by government benefits. The emotional effects of not having basic hygiene products can be devastating due to the embarrassment arising from blood leaking through a woman’s clothing when she cannot afford pads or tampons. Now, many women’s organizations have come together to help give poor women back their dignity by handing out pads and tampons to homeless women in need.