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Explaining the “Pink Tax”

There are many women in our country who don’t have the means to buy their own menstrual hygiene products, simply because of their gender. In certain states, menstrual hygiene products and other products targeted towards women are highly taxed; called the “pink” or “tampon tax,” these items are priced this way because they are meant for women. This pricing displays the blatant sexism within our state governments which must be rectified.

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NDAA Ends ‘Pink Tax’, Revising Disproportionate Military Expenses for Women; Attributed to Sexism; What Can We Expect Moving Forward?

As the ‘pink tax’ plagues the shelves of American shoppers, questions arise in regards to how extensive this mass spread phenomenon has become. With feminine presenting packaging, products, and marketing, women across the United States are left wondering: What has changed? What can we expect moving forward?

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The Red Cross Crisis

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, there has been a 10% decline in the number of people who were donating blood to the Red Cross, foreshadowing the Red Cross announcement in January that they were experiencing a major blood donation shortage for the first time.

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Columbia University’s Graduation “Scandal”

Given the special circumstances formed by the pandemic, Columbia University seized on the opportunity to implement temporary changes to their graduation ceremonies. In the spring of 2021, the University announced that it would be holding separate graduations for Black, Latino, Native American, and LGBTQ+ students. Almost immediately, prominent news channels such as Fox News jumped in with negative commentary on the decision.

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College Board eliminates subject tests in efforts to address changing student needs

On Tuesday, January 19, the College Board announced the discontinuation of both its optional SAT essay and its SAT subject tests. The board also revealed their plans for a “streamlined, digitally delivered” SAT test. Both changes came after several months of test cancellations and adamant frustration regarding adherence to Covid-19 protocols at testing sites.