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Married women’s right to pay taxes: debates on gender, economic citizenship and tax law reform in Denmark, 1945–83

Anna-Birte Ravn

in Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424655
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424655.003.0004
Married women’s right to pay taxes: debates on gender, economic citizenship and tax law reform in Denmark, 1945–83

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This chapter describes the factors contributing to preserving the gendered tax-law system, and the factors finally leading to change. It then follows parliamentary debates and reports from official commissions representing all political parties, and women's voices of opposition as they appeared in women's rights movements and among social democratic women in the period 1945–83. The debates are placed in the context of married women's changing labour-market participation and the economic consequences of the gendered tax-law system for women and for families of different classes. Finally, the Danish case is compared with similar developments in Sweden and Norway. A main conclusion is that during the period 1945–60, questions of class and redistribution between classes were predominant in Danish tax-legislation discourses and practices. After 1960, married women's gainful participation in the labour market started to increase, and so did the earned income of working-class married couples.

Keywords: tax-law system; women's rights; married women; labour market; Denmark; Sweden; Norway; tax legislation

Chapter.  9559 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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