The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) has released a book outlining how the tax system affects women. According to the NCRW, Taxes ARE A Women's Issue: Reframing the Debate "demonstrates how women benefit from services paid for by taxes- but also how they are adversely affected by the ways in which taxes are currently collected."
Written by Mimi Abramovitz, of Hunter College School of Social Work and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Sandra Morgen, of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, the report acknowledges that there is no quick fix for the inequities of the tax system. However, the authors state that it is imperative to work toward a solution that would involve all taxpayers in "creating a safe, just, and economically sound nation."
A number of factors, including lower wages than men and more unpaid labor, mean that recent tax policies have had a harmful effect on many women, who make up "63 percent of the lowest one-fifth on the income scale but only 41 percent of those in the highest fifth," notes Dr. Morgen. NCRW President Linda Basch stated, "We need an equitable tax system and one that is based on the realities and not the myths of women's lives."
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms.
The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .