- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Women usually pay more at a salon for a haircut than men, but it turns out deodorant, razors and cars actually have “The Woman’s Tax” — causing them to pay more than men for essentially the same product, KOMU 8 News reported.

KOMU 8 News took a look at typical products and found a slight increase on the price if you are a woman.

For example, women pay 77 cents more for a white T-shirt when shopping in the ladies section, roughly 12 cents more for soap and 34 percent more on body wash from the same manufacturer.

The price increase doesn’t stop on hygiene products. On average, cars cost $200 more if you are a woman.

“Initial price quotes by dealership employees are also higher if a woman is doing the negotiating,” KOMU 8 News reports.

Even the housing market wasn’t immuned from gender discrimination.

According to a study on joint applications for mortgage and refinance by the Woodstock Institute, if the woman’s name is listed first, the application is 25 percent more likely to be declined. The same held true for home refinancing applications.

• Alex Swoyer can be reached at aswoyer@washingtontimes.com.

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