NAACP Calls for the Abolition of the Period Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products
WHEREAS, The Period Tax is a tax added to feminine hygiene products such as pads, tampons, etc.; and
WHEREAS, Feminine hygiene products are a basic necessity for those who menstruate; and
WHEREAS, As of 2020, 11.4% of women and girls in the United States live in poverty and struggle to access proper resources for their periods; and
WHEREAS, Products used primarily by the male population such as Viagra and Rogaine are not taxed in some states; and
WHEREAS, Taxing feminine hygiene products causes excess spending, especially for individuals with restricted income, and places these individuals in what is commonly called "period poverty"; and
WHEREAS, There is a lack of access in schools for students who menstruate and experience hardships purchasing feminine hygiene products; and
WHEREAS, In some primary, secondary schools, and post-secondary institutions feminine hygiene products are not provided for free to students who need them.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NAACP calls for a complete ban on the "Period Tax."
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NAACP demands that funding be made available for feminine hygiene products to be made available at no cost in schools and universities.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the NAACP calls for gender equity across the board.