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Meet the Texas teens taking on the state’s “tampon tax”

A group of young women have teamed up with a prestigious Houston law firm to get the state to stop charging sales tax on menstrual products, arguing they qualify as “wound care dressings.”

Sahar Punjwani, a student at the University of Chicago, poses for a portrait in Jackson Park on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Punjwani is one of two young women taking on the Texas Comptroller after the legislature declined to remove the sales tax on menstrual products. April 29, 2022.

Combating period poverty

Eighteen-year-old Zoe Kass holds a handful of pads in her high school bathroom in Houston, on April 28, 2022. Kass is a menstrual equity advocate and has raised hundreds of dollars to purchase products for students at her school.

Legislative efforts

Challenging the comptroller’s office

Bellaire High School senior Zoe Kass demonstrates how students can reach her menstrual product baskets in the high school in Houston, on April 28, 2022.

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