Episode 133: The Pink Tax


It is a seemingly innocuous price difference that can have dramatic impacts on a woman’s budget; the pink tax. The “tax” isn’t really a tax, instead it is the extra cost to purchase everyday items that are made for women, even if those items are no different than items for men.

In this episode we take a look at the pink tax and where it can be found. We also look at the economic impact it can have on women over the long haul. Later in the show we look at efforts to combat these extra costs.

Our sources for the show:

  1. Pink.tax
  2. Report by the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, 2016
  3. Report by The New York City office of Consumer Affairs, 2015 titled “From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer”
  4. The Commonwealth Fund “How the Affordable Care Act Has Helped Women Gain Insurance and Improved Their Ability to Get Health Care” 2016
  5. Mic.com “The secret tax screwing women out of thousands of dollars over a lifetime
  6. The Hill: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/382536-speier-introduces-bill-to-end-the-pink-tax
  7. NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/03/25/564580736/more-states-move-to-end-tampon-tax-that-s-seen-as-discriminating-against-women

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