The Tax Bill, DACA, Net Neutrality: All Bad for Women
Trump’s tax bill is especially heinous to women – and so are ending net neutrality protections and his restrictive DACA policies. Get informed on these anti-woman acts of the Trump administration & the Republican Congress.
The Anti-Woman Tax Bill
Both the House and Senate have passed their own versions of a new tax bill that will raise taxes on 87 million Americans. But it’s also extraordinarily bad for women:
- It cuts taxes for the wealthy at the future expense of women and families. This would hinder women economically and cause less funding due to a deficit for social services that go to helping women. The tax plan would create a 1.7 trillion deficit. Between the two bills the estate tax will be repealed or lowered, it will lower individual tax rate for the rich, cut taxes for large corporations and give large breaks to those inheriting more than $5 million.
- It is an attack on reproductive Health and the ACA. Around 13 million people could lose their health insurance by the year 2025 and have premiums go up for middle class families. It would also eliminate the opportunity to deduct expensive out-of-pocket medical costs from their taxable income. This will greatly effect women as studies have shown the women spend more of their earnings on medical expenses than men do. Both bills also include language making fetuses eligible for college savings accounts, strengthening the anti-choice agenda and creating future opportunities for attacks on reproductive health.
- It hurts families. Low-income and working families will receive little or nothing for the Child Tax Credit Increase, “a single mother with two children earning just $14,500 per year would see a $75 increase if the bill were enacted, while a married couple with two children earning $500,000 per year would get a $4,000 increase.” The parental leave tax credit for companies will actually only benefit 13% of workers.
- It will make higher education more expensive. Proportionally more women enroll in undergraduate programs and receive degrees than men and also make up a higher percentage of graduate and doctoral programs.
Net Neutrality and its Effects on Women
Today the Federal Communications Commission voted against public access to the Internet. This action will limit open access and allow media conglomerations like AT&T to block access to websites and censor information. This directly impacts advocacy organizations like ours by giving media the power to censor content relating to abortion and other women’s issues.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also highlights how the destruction of net neutrality hurts “a female driven digital economy”. Open internet, she says, “makes it possible for all of us to go where we want and do what we want online. Women don’t need new gatekeepers online — or elsewhere.”
Since men control most media companies and outlets, women have far less representation, meaning less promotion of women’s voices and issues. The internet changed this dynamic, allowing more women writers, artists, and journalists a platform to express their views and perspectives. By denying free and equal access to the internet, this decision will undoubtedly silence women’s voices.
Trump’s War on DACA
Trump’s decision to end DACA has severely impacted immigrants, especially young women. Aside from destroying families, ending deportation protections silences women who are experiencing discrimination or harm but cannot report it in fear of the consequences. It is clear that ending DACA is an attack on this country’s most vulnerable.
This policy has forced more than 100 people every day lose their deportation protections. The administration is also poised to write policy that targets young, uninsured, and pregnant immigrants.
We Must Act NOW!
We have a lot to call our Congressional representatives about! Find their information here and let them know that these three policies — the GOP Tax Bill, ending net neutrality, and continuing to reverse DACA — will adversely affect women and families.