Bill Aims To End ‘Pink’ Tax’ On Products

By Alia Ismay
The San Diego Union-Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The disparity in pricing of products by gender has been called the so-called “Pink Tax” which essentially flys in the face of the economic empowerment of women. While it is a commonplace practice across the country, there are cities and states (like California) which are trying to do something to end the discrimination.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

California legislators banned gender discrimination for services such as dry cleaning in 2001, and then prohibited discrimination against women in workplace compensation in 2015. Now a new bill aims to take the next step — banning gender discrimination in the price of goods.

The bill is authored by Sen. Ben Hueso and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, both San Diego Democrats.

“It is fair that retailers make a profit,” Hueso said, “but not when they go out of their way to test what consumers are willing to put up with.”

The practice of targeting a certain population is not fair, Hueso said. The bill is about giving consumers a fair deal.

“We are in a country and state of people living under a lot of pressure,” Hueso said. “This bill can help save consumers a lot of money.”

A recent search of Target products online showed that prices for a children’s interactive book were gender-based. The Hots Dots Jr. Princess Fairy Tales interactive book was priced at $19.99, while the gender neutral Favorite Fairy Tales version was $17.48.

The classic red Radio Flyer tricycle was available online for $59.99. The same tricycle in pink was $64.11.

Men’s boot-cut Mossimo jeans were priced at $24.99, while women’s were $27.99.

Walmart had similar pricing discrepancies. A Faded Glory men’s polo went for $5.82, and the women’s polo was priced at $7.94.

At Macy’s, the men’s classic Ralph Lauren polo shirt was $85 online, and the women’s “boyfriend-style” polo was $98.50.

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