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Colleges and Universities
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Seattle Pacific University
- Seattle University
- South Seattle Community College
- University of Washington
Louie Tan Vital serves as our Seattle Fellow. Louie is a Masters candidate at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Louie recently worked as a nonpartisan Committee Legislative Assistant during the Washington State House of Representatives' 2017 Legislative Session and in the 115th Congress in the United States House of Representatives for Congressman Adam Smith. After a post on social media about her experience as a young woman of color working in Congress went viral, Louie gave numerous national and international newspaper and radio interviews where she publicly declared her intent to run for office. Louie also gives workshops, lectures, and speeches on race in public policy, culturally-competent civic engagement, diasporic narratives, and combating anti-blackness racism in the Asian Pacific Islander community. For Seattle inquires, contact Louie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now recruiting a 2019-2020 IGNITE Fellow for Boston, MA
Conferences and Training
At this time there are no upcoming events in Washington state. For the current list of conferences and training, visit our Event Calendar.
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.
"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