Taxes & Tax Reform

The US tax structure has increasingly favored wealthy individuals and corporations, shifting the tax burden to middle and lower income individuals—disproportionately women. With funding cuts that further undermine women’s economic security, the importance of tax and budgetary reforms is critical for women’s economic well-being and advancement. The impact of fiscal policies on women and families needs wider public understanding accompanied by appropriate and effective policy responses.

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Anti-Union Efforts and Wisconsin's Women Workers

By Kate Meyer*

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Human Face of Economic Policy

By Kyla Bender-Baird

Starting off their mornings with some light economic policy talk, people crowded into the Drew Room at the UN Church Center on February 23rd. It was standing room only for the jointly sponsored CSW panel, “Left Behind by Economic Policy.” Representatives from the National Council for Research on Women, The Opportunity Agenda, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, and the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center discussed how economic policy has failed to protect the economic human rights of women and in particular, women of color in the United States.

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Expert Profile

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Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. Previously, she was Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Asia Regional Program. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the US Human Rights Network and on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She is the author of Why MES with Human Rights: Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights (Marymount Manhattan College, New York, 2005). She edited The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Kumarian Press, 2001) and co-edited Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt (Rutgers University Press, 2000).


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United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W

ELECTION 2010: Looking Past the Election to the Work that Lies Ahead

By Linda Basch and Shyama Venkateswar

November 2nd. Election Day 2010.  It’s days away and many are calling this the most unpredictable election they can remember.  Will this election be a game changer?  Will there be a new majority in Congress?  And will those teapartiers have an impact on voting behavior?  

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A Women's Agenda for Job Creation

Many unemployed workers are women whose different needs in finding work are being ignored.


ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FORUM: Taking the Nation’s Temperature One Year After ARRA’s Passage

By Linda Basch*

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In its first year, ARRA has provided tax cuts to individuals, fiscal relief to states, and aid to those most directly hurt by the recession. According to the Council of Economic Advisors, the Recovery Act has added around 2.3% to real GDP growth and in August, it added one million jobs that would have been lost without the Recovery Act. That said, the national unemployment rate currently stands at an unacceptable 9.7% (which many experts say is a conservatively low estimate).

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Dignity and Dreams: The Social Psychological Benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)


Jen Sykes, Doctoral Fellow in Sociology and Social Policy, Inequality and Social Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Location: Allison Dining Room, Taubman building, 5th floor

* Lunch Provided

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