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Tired of the double standard when it comes to women, four Lewis students created a campaign to fight against the “pink tax,” which is a gender-based price discrimination that charges more for items that are targeted towards women.
Senior sociology and criminal justice majors, Genna Mirabile and Alondra Gonzalez, along with senior organizational communication major, Sophie Lichlyter and senior sociology major Maggie Burke were inspired by their sociology course curriculum to start a drive with the sole purpose to help homeless women. By participating in activism day, they came up with a project to raise awareness for women called “I Support the Girls.”
What started off as research for a class project turned into a drive that would further help women.
Mirabile started the effort through extensive research and help from her professor on the matter.
“Research shows that incarcerated women will pay $5 for a small box of tampons,” said Mirabile.
Through their research, they found that homeless women usually have to choose between buying sanitary supplies or buying food, so they created a goal to collect bras to donate to homeless shelters.
Originally, the women had hoped to raise 200 bras but because it was met so quickly a new goal of 300 bras was set. They accomplished this by setting up locations where donors can drop off new or used bras and donated them to women’s shelters.
Many women feel the pink tax is unnecessary and further divides people into genders as well as distracts from other issues. “You can always get condoms for free, but not tampons. They’re taboo when they shouldn’t be,” added Sophie Lichlyter.
“I Support the Girls” will continue their drive well into mid-December. There will be pink boxes in Benilde, Student Union, AS building and De La Salle. For those that want to be discreet about their donations, gift cards are also being accepted, which will be used to purchase feminine products fp donations.