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Condescending Pink Tax: What It Means For Women

Condescending Pink Tax: What It Means For Women

Daniela Lomeli

The Pink Tax has been a running issue in today’s world, with extra charges on products directed to women. Learn more and help make a difference towards eradicating it.

Hidden Difference

When you go shopping, do you notice how “masculine” products come in darker colours such as navy blue, grey, or black? Or the fact that they have names like ‘Rugged, Beast, and Wood’. They also tend to have muskier, woody, and spice scents. 

Female products tend to be more colourful, using colours such as pink(Check out our article, Pink Collared Workers for more insight), purple, green, and lighter colours along with specs of glitter. The fragrances tend to be fruity and floral, with scents of violet, blossom, raspberry, lavender and rose. 

Color and scent are the most obvious differences when it comes to products aimed at men and women. But there’s another subtle difference that many people may not notice; the price tag. It costs women significantly more for essentially the same products than men.

The Pink Tax

“Pink tax”, also known as gender-based pricing, refers to the upcharge on products that are intended for women, products where the only differences are cosmetic than those intended for men. 

It’s not an actual tax.

It’s a “pay creating a situation for privately owned businesses who figured out how to make their item look either more coordinated to or more fitting for the certain groups and considered that to be a moneymaker,” clarifies Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, an attorney, VP for the Brennan School of Justice at NYU School of Law, and prime supporter of Period Equity. 

The pink tax has existed for years. States such as California, Connecticut, and Florida have released reports that women pay up to 50 percent more than men did for essentially the same products.

The most egregious upcharges are among personal care products. Body wash or shampoo having the highest cost differences. A five-pack of Schick Hydro cartridges in purple packaging cost $17.49, while the same count of Schick Hydro refills in blue packaging cost $14.99.

A report out of New York found that there’s an average difference of 13 percent for personal care products. The costs end up adding up over time. It is unfair, but the prices are even higher for women from low-income households. 

Attempts to Ban Pink Tax

Banning Pink Tax

There have been attempts to pass laws to remove the pink tax. In 1995, Assemblywoman Jackie Speier was able to pass a bill that banned gender pricing of services, like haircuts. 

Now being a congresswoman, Representative Speier introduced the Pink Tax Repeal Act addressing products that are taxed. If the bill is passed, it would allow state attorneys general to go directly after businesses that charge different prices for discrimination based on gender. 

The pink tax isn’t the only extra charge that affects women. There is also a “tampon tax”, which refers to sales tax applied to female hygiene products such as pads, tampons, liners, and cups. 

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based on and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use feminine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people.

Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, Montana, and Oregon don’t have sales tax, so pads and tampons aren’t taxed there. Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have tried to pass legislation to try and remove sales tax from such items. In total, 24 states have introduced bills to exempt sales tax, but only Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and New York have been successful.

A Worldwide Problem

Pink Tax

This isn’t a problem that just affects women in the United States, this pink tax affects women worldwide. Other countries have tried to eliminate or reduce sales tax on feminine hygiene products. Kenya abolished the sales tax in 2004 and Canada abolished the sales tax on tampons in 2015. 

There is still a long way to go to eliminate the pink tax and tampon tax, but we are on the way there. There’s a place for floral scents, but the least companies can do is up charge women for basic hygienic products.

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

See Also

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

36 states currently apply sales tax to female hygiene products. Sales taxes are based and vary on the state’s tax code. States establish their own tax exemptions. The tax-exempt items range from marshmallows in Florida, to snowmobiles in Maine, and gun club memberships in Wisconsin. If marshmallows are tax-exempt, feminine hygiene products should be too. Only people who menstruate use femine hygiene products – it disproportionately affects people. pink tax

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