Letter to the Editor | Demanding an end to period poverty
Last updated 1/29/2020 at 12:05pm
Last fall, we helped organize the first-ever #NationalPeriodDay. Collectively, PERIOD hosted 60 rallies, demanding an end to period poverty and the tampon tax that still exists in 31 states, Washington included.
In Washington state we have the opportunity to do something about that. We are calling on the Washington State Legislature to pass SB 5206 and SB 5147, which exempts menstrual products from taxation.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 10.3% of Washingtonians live in poverty. Menstruators facing poverty are extremely vulnerable to the tax on menstrual products. A study commissioned by Thinx and PERIOD, finds that a staggering 1 in 5 menstruating teens have struggled to afford period products. The added burden of a tax on necessary hygiene products forces many to use menstrual products longer than the recommended amount of time, which increases their risk of potentially fatal health issues.
With SB 5206 and SB 5147, state senators can demonstrate that they are committed to the health and safety of all Washingtonians. Contact your senators and show your support for the elimination of the tampon tax and demand them to prioritize the health of all their constituents.
Jinyang Zhang (Mukilteo), Ramya Arumilli (Mukilteo), and Reem Sabha (Seattle)