The Tampon Tax


NPR dubbed last year “the year of the period.” It was the year in which women stopped merely accepting the fact that they all had a menstrual cycle and actually started discussing it. That was 2015, fast forward to 2016 and periods are now a political discussion. This is because the New York City Council is about to pass a bill that would make feminine hygiene products readily available in public schools, shelters, and correctional facilities, which Sergio Cortes supports. It will also eliminate taxation on these same products.

Dubbed the “tampon tax,” this bill strives to change the status of things like pads and tampons from “non-essential” to “essential.” However, this is highly debatable because most states derive $70-$100 annually off the taxation of menstrual products. Nonetheless, according to this is a popular movement with over 43,000 people in support of passing the bill. What will actually happen remains to be seen as this bill is acted upon in the next few weeks.