£9.99 for eye cream for women, but £7.29 for men. £2.29 for 8 women’s razors, £1.49 for a pack of 10 for men. A visit to any Boots store and it’s plain as day on the British high street that women are being ripped off.
So-called ‘women’s products’ are more expensive – from razors to moisturising creams. Women already buy things that men don’t have to buy, like make up, hair products and tampons which are taxed as luxuries, plus we earn less than men on average across our lifetimes. Now to top it all off, research has proven what any woman who has ever been inside a hair salon already knew: women pay more than men for the same stuff.
An investigation by The Times found that women are being charged 36% more on average for products marketed as ‘women’s products’. The Fawcett Society describe this as a sexist surcharge for women – and I think that’s exactly what this is.