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Taxing Women

Taxing Women comprises both an insightful, critical analysis of the gender biases in current tax laws and a wake-up call for all those concerned with gender justice to pay more attention to the pervasive impact of such laws. Providing real-life examples, Edward McCaffery shows how tax laws are actually written to punish married couples who file jointly. No dual-income household can afford not to read this book before filing their taxes.

"Taxing Women is a must-have primer for any woman who wants to understand how our current tax system affects her family’s economic condition. In plain English, McCaffery explains how the tax code stacks the deck against women and why it’s in women’s economic interest to lead the next great tax rebellion."—Patricia Schroeder

"McCaffery is an expert on the interplay between taxes and social policy. . . . Devastating in his analysis. . . . Intriguing."—Harris Collingwood, Working Women

"A wake-up call regarding the inequalities of an archaic system that actually penalizes women for working."—Publishers Weekly

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324 pages | 15 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 1997

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1: Women on the Margin
2: A Bit of History, 1913 to 1948
3: Still His Story, 1948 to the Present
4: Social Security Isn’t What It Looks to Be
5: Piling It on the Margin
6: Taxing Families
7: Some Taxing Hope
8: Not Just the Facts
9: The Curious Nostalgia of the Contracts
10: Not Just Tax
11: Not Just the Gender Gap
12: On Doing Nothing, and Some Things to Do


Association of American Publishers: PROSE Book Award
Honorable Mention

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