Women in the U.S. pay up to approximately four to nine percent more in sales tax due to the taxation of period products. Molly Hayward is protesting this “tampon tax” by selling pads with no extra fee.
“We will pay the tax for you essentially,” she explained. “Clearly the tax on feminine products is a completely gender-biased tax. These are essential products for women and you could ask any woman and that is what she will tell you.”
Hayward is the cofounder of Cora — an organic tampon and pad brand. She’s also an activist who’s dedicated her life to women’s issues and socioeconomic empowerment around the world.
“I sensed the true injustice in the way that, you know, our global society is currently structured. I just always wanted to dedicate my life to that,” she stated. “Interestingly, periods sort of came into my awareness and it’s such an essential part of the female experience for many of us that it really seemed like an issue that I could help to tackle.”
Cora gives away pads to girl in India and Kenya, with every purchase of one of its boxes. Their products are all 100% organic cotton and certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which means it’s better for the body, the earth, and the global community of women.