As women, having our “time of the month” is an unfortunate, but inevitable, burden to bear. And if you thought your shoe shopping habit was bad, hear this: it’s estimated that a woman will spend $1,773.33 on tampons throughout her lifetime … and that’s if you don’t constantly lose them after stashing them in your travel bags, or share them with your girlfriends in need (which you will).
Luckily, a recently proposed bill in California might help alleviate the financial burden. The new bill, introduced by Democrat Cristina Garcia and co-authored by Republican Ling Ling Change of the California State Assembly , would make tampons sales tax-free in the state. This isn’t exactly unprecedented or entirely new: Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Minnesota already ensure that women’s sanitary products are tax-free.
In a Facebook post, Garcia wrote:
“This is not insignificant to women, especially poor women on a tight budget who struggle to pay for basic necessities like a box of tampons or pads every month for their adult life.”
And she’s right. Bleeding for days at a time is enough torture without having to pay a lot of money. While the bill won’t entirely erase the unfair cost of being a woman, it will certainly help. After all, as Garcia says, “If we can’t make them free, we should at least make them more affordable.”