President Obama didn’t know that women continue to be taxed on tampons in 40 U.S. states until asked about it by YouTube star Ingrid Nilson. In her interview with the president, Obama reacted, “I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items. I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.”
The president encourages women to ask their lawmakers for change. Of the ten states that are not taxing tampons, five of them do not have sales tax at all.
A California assemblywoman introduced legislation on the first day of California’s 2016 legislative session to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products. California women spend $20,000,000 annually on taxes for these items, while other essential health items such as medical ID tags, walkers and medications are already tax exempt. For California women, that is an average of $7 per month.