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  • University of Washington, Bothell

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Julia Jannon-Shields serves as our Seattle Fellow. Julia is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Washington pursuing degrees in Community, Environment & Planning and Communication with a minor in Diversity Studies. Post-graduation, Julia aspires to creatively engage communities and combat environmental injustice to establish a more sustainable and equitable future. In the community, she has served as the voice for womxn-identifying students on the UW campus through her role as Director of the ASUW Womxn’s Action Commission for 2019-20, where she hosted intersectional programming and advocated for womxn’s rights. Julia continues her commitment to equity and engagement through various other organizations both on and off campus and is incredibly proud to be working with IGNITE in a period of such monumental change. For Seattle inquiries, contact julia@ignitenational.org.


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Legislative Advocacy

House Bill 1053 "Tampon Tax"

Bill Summary: Essential feminine hygiene products are unaffordable for many Washingtonians and as a first step, removing taxes to for these products will help to alleviate the issue. According to the State Department of Revenue, women in Washington still pay over $5 million annually in taxes on tampons, sanitary napkins, and menstrual cups. Washington currently exempts the sales tax for prescription drugs and food items that are deemed necessities. Menstrual health products are not tax-exempt in Washington even though they are deemed medical necessities by the Federal Drug Administration. Feminine hygiene products are not a luxury and women should not be penalized.

Update (May 17, 2019): This bill will move forward in the legislative process in 2020. Because of IGNITE women's advocacy, the bill has moved the furthest it has then in past legislative sessions and we will continue to champion this bill in the next session.  

IGNITE Testimonial: 

"IGNITE's Seattle College Council decided to fight against the tampon tax because women's basic needs should not be economically exploited. The fact that tampons and diapers are taxed while Viagra is not is evidence of the gender disparity within American politics. Intentional or not, a tax on tampons gives cis-men the power to regulate our bodies. The tampon tax is an economic burden to anyone who menstruates, including trans-men, while it disproportionately hurts poor women of color."

- Louie Tan Vital, IGNITE Seattle Fellow, sharing why her College Council selected HB 1053

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