It’s Time To #AxThePinkTax

Liv Briggs, Opinions Editor

  People who say discrimination isn’t real are lying. If it isn’t real, then why do women pay more than men for things like shampoo and conditioner, razors, and body wash? This is what is called the Pink Tax.

According to an infographic put up by TurboTax, women pay 48% more for shampoo and conditioner, 11% more for razors, and 6% more for body wash. In addition to this, women pay 54% more at hair salons, and 92% at dry cleaners. One study estimated that women spend roughly $2,304 on the Pink Tax.

The Tampon Tax

   One aspect of the Pink Tax which is also unfair is the “tampon tax”. Even though the FDA has said that tampons are ‘medical devices’, under the FSA’s guidelines, they are not “medically necessary”. This tax says that feminine hygiene products are ‘luxury goods’.

Women are marked up on products like pregnancy tests, condoms, sunscreen, lip balm, contact solution, and allergy medication. 


Due to the anti-Pink Tax movement, 19 states have abolished the Pink Tax. These states are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Utah. As you can see, Michigan is not one of them. 

Social media had played a role in it, with hashtags like #genderpricing, #pinktax, and #AxThePinkTax.


If you go to the website, you can find a lot of information on this immensely unfair tax. They have a calculator that you put your birth date into, and it calculates approximately how much money you’ve spent in your lifetime on the Pink Tax.

On their [] website, they have a section about Seven Weird Examples Of How Women Pay More Than Men For The Same Products. This takes you to an article on HuffPost.

The first example is regular (men’s) and women’s gentle laxatives by the brand Up and Up. The user @BUGPOSTING on Twitter had taken a picture of proof of this in the store. The retail price of the men’s/regular laxative is $1.49. The women’s is $3.69. Both are a 25 count. You can very clearly see the price difference. At a different store, for the same product but the Dulcolax name brand, the men’s 25 count is $11.49, and the women’s is $11.99.

For a 14 pair of earplugs, the price is $4.59. For the women’s earplugs, the price is $5.79. 

However, the women’s earplugs are purple, contain two fewer pairs (12-pair), and cost over $1 more. (This is from Walgreens)

At Ace Hardware, the twitter user @TomKatMPLS found two hotel personal care kits. The blue kit, labeled ‘Hotel His Personal Care Kit’ was marked for $7.59. The pink kit, labeled “Hotel Hers Personal Care Kit’ is marked at $9.99. Both kits contain the same things: two refreshing wipes, one razor, one packet of shaving cream, one toothpaste, one toothbrush, one aloe vera cream, one shampoo, and one foot gel. 

From Target, there was an actual pink tax. Literally. A black calculator costs $6.99, while a pink calculator costs $7.99. The retail MSRP says $8.99 for both calculators. The black calculator says $6.99, but the pink calculator says ‘on sale’ in addition to the cost of $1 more just because it is pink. Even ankle support in Shoppers has the pink tax. For the price of $17.99, there is ‘ankle support’ in a blue box. For $26.99, there is a purple box with the name ‘Women’s Slimfit Ankle Support’. That is a nine dollar difference for essentially the same product. Even kids cannot avoid the Pink Tax. Two PAW Patrol kids bike helmets. One, is blue and is decorated to appeal to kids, is $20.49. The second helmet, still PAW Patrol, except this is pink and purple with flowers, and the female character is priced at $25.49. Five dollars more, just because it is pink and has the girl character. The last example, also kids, happened at GAP Clothing in the UK. There are two shirts. They say ‘THE FUTURE IS EQUAL’ on them. Well, not so equal. The boy’s shirt is priced at 12.95 euros. The girl’s version, with pink writing, is priced in-store at 14.95 euros. Simply because it’s the girl’s version. The Pink Tax also isn’t just in the U.S. anymore, as it has spread all over the world.

Go to to learn how you can make a change to this unjust tax.