This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Although this was a big step toward equality, the fight continues with the tampon tax movement. The tampon tax, also called the pink tax, is a catchy term for the sales tax most states impose on tampons, pads, and other menstrual products. These products are considered nonessential goods. In contrast, products considered a necessity, such as food and medicine, are exempt from state sales tax. Which products constitute a necessity varies across the states. In some states, you can purchase bingo supplies, cotton candy, erectile dysfunction pills, gun club memberships, and tattoos sales-tax-free because of necessity exemptions. Wondering why these items fall under necessity exemptions and menstrual products do not? You are not alone. In January 2016, President Barack Obama spoke out to support eliminating the tampon tax saying, “I have to tell you, I have no idea why states would tax these . . . I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.”
The 19th Amendment Then and Now: Lessons for the 21st Century (On-Demand CLE)
The Centennial of the 19th Amendment provides the legal profession the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of women's constitutional right to vote, educate the public about the 19th Amendment and the battle for women's suffrage, and promote laws that ensure women's full and equal exercise of their right to vote and to participate in our democracy.