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In honor of Women’s History Month, Cedar Rapids Commission hosts Feminine Hygiene Drive

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - Many feminine hygiene products are more expensive than male products, despite women on average being paid less than men.

The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission is hoping to provide the Catherine McAuley Center with donated feminine hygiene products as a part of Women's History Month.

Seventeen local businesses are partnering with the commission to act as drop-off locations.

Kelly Hemmer, senior administrative assistant for the commission says women make less money than men.

"Poverty affects women more than it does men, there are more women that are single parents than men, so women need the extra support," Hemmer said.

The Catherine McAuley Center provides supportive services to immigrants, refugees and women in the community.

Textured hair care products, deodorant, and body wash are some of the items the drive hopes to collect.

These products often cost more than men's products, something known as the 'Pink Tax,' or discriminatory pricing for feminine hygiene products.

"The average woman pays over $1,300 a year and it impacts all aspects of our daily life," Hemmer said.

The drive runs until March 28, a list of drop off locations can be found here.

The Civil Rights Commission has events the community can participate in, such as a film discussion on a Maya Angelou documentary.

Kennedy DeRaedt

Photojournalist

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