Abolish the ‘Pink Tax’: There Will Be No Women’s Equality Without Menstrual Equity ( rewire.news )

As any woman will tell you, the “pink tax” is for real. Just take a stroll through your local drugstore.

Shampoo marketed to women (think pink, flowery designs) can cost an average of 48 percent more than those sporting navy blue packaging. And it’s not just personal hygiene care: Women’s jeans are 10 percent more expensive, and dry cleaning bills for women’s shirts run an average of $4.95 as compared to $2.86 for men’s.

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms that products targeting women consumers cost more than the men’s equivalent a whopping half the time.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) also released a report this week—Earn Less, Pay More: The State of the Gender Pay Gap and ‘Pink Tax’ in 2018— echoing the GAO findings. It wisely calls out the “tampon tax,” the government surcharge that exists in the 36 U.S. states that do not classify menstrual products a necessity and, therefore, do not exempt them from sales tax.

Yes, yet another way the U.S. economy manages to bleed women dry at every turn.

The good news is that the fight to ax the tampon tax has a global groundswell of support. Just yesterday, the Malaysian government announced it will lift the sales and service tax of up to ten percent on menstrual products. Earlier this summer, India did the same for its 12 percent tax. Canada eliminated its national goods and services tax on menstrual products in 2015. And, in Kenya, the fight was won more than a decade ago: In addition to being the first nation in the world to cease taxing menstrual products in 2004, the East African nation also ended an import