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What Is the ‘Pink Tax?’ New York Lawmakers Could Soon End Discriminatory Pricing of Women’s Products | Newsweek

The state of New York could soon pass a bill which would make it illegal for products to be priced higher when they are aimed towards women. Senate Bill S2679, sponsored by Democratic senator Shelley B. Mayer, hopes to address a long-standing issue of toys, clothing or personal hygiene products such as shampoo or razors costing more if they are marketed towards females.

The discrepancy in the costs is refereed as the “pink tax” as sometimes the only difference between products is the color. The bill aims to “prohibit the discriminatory practices relating to the cost of goods of a substantially similar or like kind” purely based on gender, and is currently on the floor calendar awaiting a vote from the Senate.

In 2015, New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) released a report entitled “From Cradle To Cane: The Cost Of Being A Female Consumer” which detailed the cost of the so-called pink tax.

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