Pink tax punishes females


photo or infographic by Hannah Hartman

PINK PROBLEMS. With items for women costing up to 15% more, the pink tax is a real issue for women.

Pink tax, what is it and what impact does it hold?

Standards for cooking, working, studying, relationships and so much more have been rising over the past couple of decades across not just America, but the entire globe. Along with standards rising also comes an increasing tax, but not an actual tax that forces people to pay their bills on time to continue surviving, this is a tax that was implemented out of high beauty standards and the judgment from society grading each gender. Pink tax is a discriminatory system of products being overly priced and service toward these products being based on gender. 

According to on Pink Tax the average woman on pink tax costs them $1,300 a year and impacts every single aspect of daily life. Pink tax has been implemented for every type of product within stores from children’s toys, shaving products, shirts, pants, shoes, makeup, shampoos. All these things that are designed for women are priced more than those for men. On products alone women spend anywhere from 7% to 15% more than men do for their products.

It isn’t just buying products that affect men and women with gender bias, it is also public services throughout society that make the cost for women more expensive than for a man. On CBS news there was an experiment that they conducted, where a man and a woman from the company went to the same dry cleaners with the same white cotton button up shirt. The dry cleaners cost more for the woman with the same shirt up to three times the amount it cost for the man to get his shirt dry cleaned. Within communities across the globe, there is a constant pink tax that is almost unavoidable for women. 

There is a solution that may help women to budget their spending, especially for those with lower incomes than others. Budget how much to spend on clothing, and shopping in gender neutral stores or mens sections will help save within this budget. Calling out organizations that implement this gender-biased pink tax and speaking out against this thick and heavy discriminatory pricing. Lower the price tag, bring gender biasness out of the picture and allow communities to come back together knowing they can afford the bare necessities.