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IGNITE the Capitol: Washington State

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416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia

Olympia, WA 98504

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Join us on Thursday, January 30, to show your political power and advocate for House Bills 1053 to get rid of the Tampon Tax!

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Join us at IGNITE the Capitol, where IGNITE young women will receive training and hands-on advocacy experience. Participants learn:

  • the basics of why it is critical their voice is heard,
  • how to be an effective advocate, and
  • the ins and outs of their local and states’ lawmaking process.

Essential feminine hygiene products are unaffordable for many Washingtonians and as a first step, removing taxes to for these products will help to alleviate the issue. According to the State Department of Revenue, women in Washington still pay over $5 million annually in taxes on tampons, sanitary napkins, and menstrual cups. Washington currently exempts the sales tax for prescription drugs and food items that are deemed necessities. Menstrual health products are not tax exempt in Washington even though they are deemed medical necessities by the Federal Drug Administration. Feminine hygiene products are not a luxury and women should not be penalized.

"IGNITE's Seattle College Council decided to fight against the tampon tax because women's basic needs should not be economically exploited. The fact that tampons and diapers are taxed while Viagra is not is evidence of the gender disparity within American politics. Intentional or not, a tax on tampons gives cis-men the power to regulate our bodies. The tampon tax is an economic burden to anyone who menstruates, including trans-men, while it disproportionately hurts poor women of color."

- Louie Tan Vital, IGNITE Seattle Fellow, sharing why her College Council selected HB 1053

Because of IGNITE women's advocacy, the bill has moved the furthest it has then in 2019 and we will continue to champion this bill in 2020.

For any questions reach out to Jocelyn Yow IGNITE Policy Manager jocelyn@ignitenational.org and Fiona Murray IGNITE Seattle Fellow fiona@ignitenational.org

*If you are unable to pay for the $10 registration fee and would like to receive a scholarship, please email Jocelyn

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State Capitol Building

416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia

Olympia, WA 98504

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