Taxes Are a Woman's Issue
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Mimi Abramovitz

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Sandra Morgen

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Taxes Are a Woman's Issue

Reframing the Debate
Mimi Abramovitz & Sandra Morgen

Preface by Linda Basch

Taxes determine the quality of our lives; they are responsible for the health of our environment, the safety of the roads we drive on, the condition of our public services, and the security of our homes and communities. For every woman who pays taxes and uses public services, and every man who cares about an effective and fair tax system, Taxes Are a Woman’s Issue dares to expose not only how tax policies shape the size of our bank accounts but also sculpt our government and the nation’s identity.

Whether you are rich, poor, a corporation or an individual, taxes provide the resources we need to sustain the nation’s civil, social, and economic life, and help support the basic welfare of all individuals and families. They also mirror the fundamental inequities that people of different races, classes, and gender experience when they try to access the opportunities that taxes provide. So when probed by the lens of women’s diverse experiences, tax policy narrates some of the ruthless realities of our economy and our society.

Authors Mimi Abramovitz and Sandra Morgen, writing for the National Council for Research on Women, convincingly dispel myths about the current welfare system and expose how the IRS-supported tax system was created in, and caters to, a time before women entered the work force. By honestly discussing the many ways the current tax system disadvantages women, Taxes Are a Woman’s Issue courageously teaches, as Linda Basch, the President of the Council, states, “about positive changes that will improve the lives of all women and therefore their families, their communities, and the nation as a whole.”

“The National Council for Research on Women has added an important perspective to the discourse on taxes with this publication. Their work reinforces the notion that women pay for much more than we get, and that we get much less than we deserve. Given the essential contribution, paid and unpaid, that we make to the nation's economy, given the deficit enhancing insanity of war spending, and the systematic shredding of our nation's safety net, this critical analysis could not come at a more precipitous time.”

—Julianne Malveaux, economist and author

"[Mimi Abramovitz and Sandra Morgen's] history of tax policy is an excellent overview that sets the stage for a detailed explanation of how an increasingly less progressive system, combined with tax cuts, record deficits and soaring debt, has reduced the share of taxes born by high-income groups and placed disproportionate burdens on low- and moderate-income families and women."

Library Journal

"Taxes matter. If women continue to let tax issues be men's issues, the statistics will not change. Read this book and get fired up!"

—Patricia Schroeder, president and chief executive officer, Association of American Publishers, former congresswoman from Colorado