Earlier this month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 5267, which repealed Michigan’s 6% sales tax on menstrual products like pads, tampons, and menstrual cups. Michigan is only one of 21 states without a “pink tax,” which is pretty wild when you consider the fact that the U.S.’s menstruating population spends an estimated total of $150 million on the tampon tax per year.
While this is a big step in the movement toward equality (women are still getting paid $10,157 less per year than men, by the way) providing access to menstrual products is vital work.
Returning for its fourth year in doing this work is For The Girls, a non-profit charity pop-up put on by Detroit’s Old Soul Vintage, which aims to raise funds or tampons and pads (no cups as many people don’t have safe/hygienic ways to dispose and clean) for unhoused women, as well as trans and non-binary people. The event will host 15 local art, clothing, vintage, and house wares vendors as well as performances by five local music acts, including Adelaide, Jack Oats, Chicki Baby & the Bash, Tears of a Martian, and TY. Old Soul Vintage will distribute 100% of the event proceeds to Corktown Health Center, which services the local LGBTQ+ community and I Support The Girls-Detroit, which provides bras and menstrual products to the unhoused.
Doors open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Loving Touch; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-546-3696; facebook.com/oldsoulvintage. Admission is a minimum $5 donation or physical menstrual product(s).
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