Johnson said making tampons and pads tax free is a tangible way to help women. The trio of Democrats also talked about the tax in the context of economic issues including female headed households and a gender pay gap.
Johnson said women spend 6 to 10 dollars a month of taxable money on feminine care products. “It may not seem like much but over a lifetime of 2,375 days on their period, the costs add up,” Johnson said. Feminine products and birth control, which is a common way to regulate problem periods, can cost women hundreds to thousands of dollars in taxes over their menstruating lifetime, she said.