Chemerinsky on the Tampon Tax

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine) published a column in last week’s Los Angeles Daily News.  Here is an excerpt:

If the government were to say that only men or only women had to pay an additional tax of several hundred dollars a year solely because of their sex, that would clearly be an unconstitutional denial of equal protection. Yet that is exactly the effect of California imposing a tax on tampons and sanitary pads. * * * [T]axing tampons and sanitary pads is sex discrimination. Only women use these products, and thus only women pay the tax.

Read the full column here.

This entry was posted in Feminism and Economics. Bookmark the permalink.