What Is the Pink Tax?
The pink tax is the extra amount that women pay for everyday products like razors, shampoo, haircuts, clothes, dry cleaning, and more. This “tax” applies to items that span a woman’s entire life, from girls’ toys and school uniforms to canes, braces, and adult diapers.
To some, the difference in price on individual products may not seem too drastic, but every little adds up. Gender-specific pricing (where items for women cost more than items for men) is often referred to as the “Pink Tax.”
One particularly controversial part of the pink tax is known as the tampon tax, a fee that women are charged when purchasing feminine hygiene products, despite their necessity for most women.
A well-kept secret in consumer sales, is that items women buy often cost more than identical or very similar “men’s” products.
It is argued that the Pink Tax is not actually a tax but rather a system of discriminatory pricing on products and services that is based on gender.
From Britain? As of January 2021, Britain became the latest country to transform its measures on sanitary products by abolishing the so-called tampon tax, no longer classifying the products as nonessential and eliminating extra costs that many have criticized as sexist.
The abolishment of the tax is part of a wider government initiative to end “period poverty” and make period products accessible to anyone regardless of financial constraints.
Research released in May from Plan International U.K., a children’s charity, found that 3 in 10 girls, ages 14 to 21 struggled to afford or get access to sanitary products during the coronavirus lockdown.
How do we fight the Pink Tax?
It is clear to see why the Pink Tax is deemed as highly problematic, as females, including young girls should not be subject to dooms of society, simply based on their gender. While come countries are showing signs of doing better, there is a long way to go! Cough, cough (most of) Europe… we know you didn’t take action on the call to fix up in 2016.
We need to fight for fairer prices for all women all over the world and we have a long way to go.