Ipse Dixit


Bridget Crawford & Emily Gold Waldman on the Unconstitutionality of "Tampon Taxes"

Season 1, Ep. 39

In this episode, Bridget J. Crawford, James D. Hopkins Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, and Emily Gold Waldman, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Strategic Planning at Pace University School of Law, discuss their article "The Unconstitutional Tampon Tax," which will appear in the University of Richmond Law Review. Crawford and Waldman observe that many states exempt "necessities" from sales tax, but do not exempt menstrual hygiene products, which puts a significant financial burden on women, especially low-income women. They argue that burden is unconstitutional, because a tax on menstrual hygiene products is a de facto tax on women. And they explain how opposition to "tampon taxes" relates to current movements to secure women's rights. Crawford is on Twitter at @ProfBCrawford and Waldman is on Twitter at @egwaldman.

Keywords: Equal Protection, Gender, Sex, Discrimination, Menstrual Hygiene, Tax, Taxation, Sales Tax, Tampons

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