Women's Tax Lobbying: 1924–1936 Part 4: American Voices in a Changing Democracy: Women, Lobbying, and Tax 1924–1936
46 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2019 Last revised: 9 Oct 2019
Date Written: September 19, 2019
This Part of AMERICAN VOICES IN A CHANGING DEMOCRACY: WOMEN, LOBBYING, AND TAX 1924-1936 turns from a general examination of women and lobbying during the 1924–1936 time period to a specific look at some women’s tax lobbying Although women’s groups generally did not focus on tax issues, there were occasions when they did so.
The Part demonstrates the variety of tax activities women’s groups engaged in by briefly describing the activities of four groups: the National Housewives’ League, the Women’s Nonpartisan Fair Tariff Committee, the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC) and the League of Women Voters. Together, these groups, as their names indicate, represented women in a variety of their roles ranging from their traditional domestic roles as housewives to women in their more public roles as newly enfranchised citizens and growing participants in the paid work force. The tax issues they engaged in reflected their membership running the gamut from housewives concerned with taxes on consumer products to income tax exemptions for single businesswomen.
In my research for this path-breaking survey of early women’s tax lobbying book, I have found evidence of several other clubs’ involvement with tax issues but not specifics. I believe that an extended, methodical (and laborious) searching through individual collections of clubs’ meetings and reports as well as papers of some of the important women members would uncover more details about women’s groups’ activities in tax lobbying. Even such a search, however, might not reveal the full extent of women’s activities because I have discovered that many women’s groups did not keep detailed official records and written evidence, if it ever existed, may have disappeared or be hidden in someone’s attic.
Keywords: history, lobbying, mass communications, media, politics, taxation, women
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