This is Important, Period.






does your state tax feminine hygiene products?

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Real-Time Conversation: 

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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:

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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


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  1. April 27, 2018 by lkruse18

    Hi! This is a really cool subject that never really crossed my mind! As I was watching your interviews, I was not at all surprised by the overwhelming, congruent responses: of course periods are luxurious! Its almost comical to think that any legislation would consider it to be. As a woman, this is a very important project because, as you stated, it is not right to be penalized or denied resources for a naturally occurring cycle. Your posters and slogan is very eye-catching and I commend your confidence to raise awareness to such a good topic. Keep it up! -Lizzie

  2. April 29, 2018 by Sophie.Woan

    Hi Erika! This is such an awesome presentation. My school recently just did a feminine product drive, and I wish the conference had been earlier so that I could have shown some of your visuals! I’ll be sending your link to my club Facebook page which organized the drive. We mostly focused on how people usually only think to donate standard toiletries, not period products, yet period products are so drastically needed, as well. I was wondering what you think we could do to implement awareness in middle schools, because I feel like that’s where a lot of negative period stigma originates.

  3. April 30, 2018 by Chanel Shen

    This is such a unique topic! I thought that it was amazing that you took time out to interview so many people for your project. Connecting with the comment above, my school also started a club this year to provide free feminine hygiene products for all of us. Your infographics were really engaging, and the “take action” really got me thinking about how I shouldn’t hide the fact that periods are a natural occurrence.

  4. May 14, 2018 by DeAnna Riley

    This is a great project topic! I never knew that the reason for taxes on feminine hygiene products were because they were deemed non-essential. I like that you interviewed people, I think its important to not just base your research on facts. This is a topic that I think should be talked about more often because periods are not optional.

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