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Fiona Murray serves as our Seattle Fellow. She is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She holds two board positions at the University of Washington, sitting on the Graduate Student Senate's Legislative Advisory Board and the Evans Network of Womxn. In the later, Fiona advocates for the needs of women and non-binary students. In the community, Fiona is active in the League of Women Voters and serves as the Events and Fundraising Coordinator and Precinct Committee Officer with her Legislative District Democrats. Fiona is an intern for Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez, the first Native American to hold a seat on the council. Her policy interests range from voting rights to women's rights to equitable representation in governance and beyond. Through IGNITE, Fiona is eager to encourage other young women to recognize and use their political power. For Seattle inquiries, contact fiona@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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