When pads are a luxury, getting your period means missing out on life

“Moshi, Tanzania — Every month when payday came around, Suzana Frederick purchased a packet of sanitary pads. It was the first thing she bought. And when her period started, she knew she was ready for it. The 19-year-old single mother from Arusha, Tanzania, was making 30,000 shillings ($13) a month as a housekeeper and would spend […]

PUSSY POWER CHARITIES

After witnessing the strength, beauty and bravery displayed by so many during this year’s Women’s March, John was inspired to design an equally bold shoe to express his admiration and solidarity: The Pussy Power. 50% of the sales from this shoe will support women’s charities and organizations in each of our Fluevog storecities. We thank you, Fluevogers, […]

It’s About Bloody Time: Illinois Becomes 3rd State To Flush Tampon Tax

As if the punch-to-the-gut cramps and stormcloud of irritability wasn’t bad enough, women dealing with their periods in Illinois have also traditionally had to fork over an extra tax when paying for products like pads and tampons, long-considered “luxury items” by the state. But ready your Midol confetti, ladies: On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed […]

Chicago Drops Tampon Tax

The Chicago City Council voted unanimously for the measure Wednesday, which dropped a 1.25% city tax. They also are subject to a 6.25% state tax; and 2.15% in other sales taxes. The Illinois legislature is considering measures to drop the state taxes, though the products would still be subject to the 1% sales tax on […]

Commentary: Taking Down the ‘Tampon Tax’ in Chicago and Beyond

Now is not the time to be discreet. Let’s be upfront about the “tampon tax.” Oh wait — did we say tampon? Sorry. We meant “feminine hygiene product.” Last week Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, and Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th, proposed an ordinance to exclude tampons from Chicago’s 1.25 percent share of the sales tax. Their […]

The Case For Free Tampons

When I got my first period, I was in the most embarrassing place my then-11-year-old self could have imagined: my grandparents’ house. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just put on extra pairs of underwear and threw them away one-by-one, scrunched at the bottom of the bathroom trash bin, as I bled through […]