Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has introduced legislation to end the so called ‘Pink Tax’.
The Lib Dem MP is launching her campaign to remove the gender price gap with a Bill to be presented to Parliament to mark International Women’s Day.
An investigation by The Times in 2016 found that women and girls were charged on average 37% more for clothes, beauty products and toys.
In 2017, a study found that a basic pre-holiday shop at a high street chemist for items like razors, deodorant and shampoo setting female customers back 21 per cent more than men on average.
Commenting on her Private Member’s Bill, Ms Jardine said:
“It is entirely unacceptable that in 2019 women and girls in Edinburgh West and across the UK are still paying more than men for basic products, such as razors and deodorant.
“Women are often still being paid less too, so they really are being hit by a double whammy.
“Products marketed at women are on average considerably more expensive than those marketed at men. Often the only difference is the colour, yet this unfair price gap will have a significant financial impact on a woman over the course of her life.
“I’m demanding better for my constituents. It’s time to get rid of this price gap, and my Bill would remove this outdated and sexist tax on women once and for all.”