I interviewed some students at my school after presenting my ideas to them. My goals were to get other opinions from within my school, and spark conversation about the subject within my community.
Design Work / Planning –
User needs / Alternatives
Not having access to hygiene products prevents women from doing daily tasks such as going to work, exercising, or going to school.
It is obviously unreasonable to demand free hygiene products. But having taxes on already pricey products is literally putting a tax on being a woman.
- The importance of the local issue is defined within the presentation.
This issue is clearly important because of all the data I show supporting why the tampon tax should not exist. It also is increasingly important because of how long ago this should have been changed and how many people (almost all women) this concerns.
It’s critical that you help the audience understand why you think this is an important issue.
- 2. A clear strategy for catalyzing change is identifiable.
I lay out a list of easy things we can do to change this. It makes it simple, and action oriented for people reading the infographic.
Within your presentation be sure to clearly identify how you create change to address the issue.
- Presentations demonstrate an anticipation that visitors may have limited background knowledge on their topic.
I think all the information and data I have makes it easy to be caught up on. Some of the numbers may be shocking to some, making them realize how big of an issue this is. I also have put the facts at the top of the infographic so people will see those first.
How to do something about this?
- Sign a petition: There are many petitions online
- Work with your school / Workplace to get access to sanitary products in the restrooms.
- Hide it less and help end the stigma. Stop hiding your tampon up your sleeve. It is not something to be ashamed of.
- Subscribe to an online system of payment for tampons such as “redcycle”, which is a tax free tampon company which has an online payment system and delivers tampons to your door monthly.
Here are Screenshots of my progress:
Some notes from the sources:
- 40 states tax your period.
- 40 states tax tampons, yet only 1 state taxes viagra meaning that tampons are considered luxury items while viagra is not.
- New York was the most recent state to get rid of the tax, and they estimate that this will save all consumer markets $10 million per year.
- The Luxury tax is defined: “A luxury tax is a tax placed on products or services that are deemed to be unnecessary or non-essential” — So, feminine hygiene products are therefore deemed non-essential.
- According to UNICEF, “at least 500 million woman lack adequate facilities for managing their periods”
- In rural India, 1 in 5 girls will stop going to school when they begin menstruating. According to research by Nielsen and Plan India, and of the 355 million menstruating girls and women in the country, just 12 percent use sanitary napkins.
- The total cost of a period over a woman’s lifetime is estimated to be around $18,171
- Everyday, more than 800 million women are menstruating.
- In the US, feminine products are a $2 billion industry
- 86% of woman in the US aged 18-54 agree that they have experienced their period in public with no access to hygiene products.
- “When more women come into power we’re going to see more of these things that have slipped through the cracks,” – Ashlee Wilson Hawn