Georgia lawmaker and Georgia Stomp push for menstrual equity and eradication of ‘period poverty’

In the state of Georgia, menstrual products are taxed at 4%. (Photo courtesy: NatraCare)

The state of Georgia is one of 22 states that adds a special sales tax to menstrual products.

Items such as pads, tampons, liners, cups and period underwear are taxed at 4%.

That means women and girls pay at least an extra five dollars a month, an added cost that some people can’t afford.

On Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” state Rep. Debbie Buckner and Claire Cox, the chair of Georgia STOMP, and Ashlie James, the secretary of Georgia STOMP, discussed Georgia’s ongoing push for legislation to end what they call “period poverty.”

The guests also talked about the importance of menstrual equity.

“Anywhere poverty exists, period poverty exists,” explained Cox. “If you can’t afford food or housing, your not going to be able to afford tampons.”