Women at Work - Getting Government Out of the Way

The best way to help women thrive in the workplace is to ensure that we have plentiful jobs, a growing economy, and a dynamic work environment that allows companies to offer diverse employment arrangements.  

Unfortunately, there are certain government policies that impede these goals, and may particularly impact women.

Government Debt Accumulation:  Our nation is accruing debt at a record-setting pace.   We borrowed more than one trillion last year, and are expected to do so again this year.  Such numbers can be a little mindboggling.  A trillion has 12 zeroes in it.  That's one million one millions.   It’s not just future generations that pay the price for government’s overspending.  Massive government spending also takes a toll on our economy, squeezing out the private sector and distorting the marketplace. When government borrows trillions of dollars there is less capital available for those in the private sector who also would like to borrow (for example to start or expand a business).  

A Politicized Economy:  Government spending does more than just waste taxpayer money.  It also puts bureaucrats, instead of the market, in charge of allocating resources.  In a competitive market, money tends to flow to businesses that offer the best value.  When politicians control resources, they take political considerations into account.  That’s why it’s no surprise that all the stories of companies that have been showered with taxpayer money that then go bankrupt almost always turn out to be connected to a big political donor.  This is corruption at its worst making it harder for other companies to compete against those receiving political favors.  If you believe that Washington remains an Old Boys Network, women should be particularly concerned.  These government giveaways are less likely to be reaching women like them.  

Taxes:  Tax laws profoundly affect women, and in some ways even more so than men. High marginal tax rates on second-earners discourage married women some from going to work, leaving them with less work experience, which can be a cause of real hardship in the event of divorce or widowhood.  But high taxes also push others who might prefer to stay home into the workplace since one after-tax salary isn’t enough to make ends meet. Our tax code also is a big burden on American businesses, leaving our companies less competitive. In 2009, the National Taxpayers Union estimated that compliance costs alone would take $159.4 billion from American corporations. That's money that could have been spent creating jobs and expanding.  

ObamaCare Mandates:  As IWF has written about elsewhere, ObamaCare is another step in the wrong direction both for health care and our economy.  The mandates in this new health care law are making insurance and medical care more expensive, and discouraging employers for hiring employees.  Indeed, many are scaling back their workforces because of these high costs. Such mandates make our economy less flexible and reduce the availability of jobs.  Congress needs to go back to the drawing board and repeal ObamaCare as a first step to real, positive health care reform.  


ARTICLES:

Conservative Feminists Flip the 'War on Women'
July 24 2014
Lorena ONeil
OZY



Women-Owned Businesses Hit Hard By ObamaCare Tax
July 14 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
Forbes



Job Creation Is the Real Key to Helping Working Families
June 24 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
Forbes



Ignoring Economic Costs Isn't Compassionate
June 12 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review



Ignoring Economic Costs Isn't Compassionate
June 12 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review



Homeplace Stress
May 28 2014
Patrice J. Lee



The Latest Misleading Feminist Stat
May 27 2014
Carrie L. Lukas



Gender & Workplace Mentoring: Not All Women Need Help
May 18 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
Chicago Tribune



IWF Testified Before the Senate on Why the "Paycheck Fairness Act" Won't Create Equal Pay
May 7 2014
Victoria Coley



Women Business Owners Are Happier
May 5 2014
Patrice J. Lee



Test Your Knowledge: A Guide to the Paycheck Fairness Act
April 8 2014
Victoria Coley



Paycheck Fairness Fraud
April 8 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
USA Today



Paycheck Fairness Fraud
April 8 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
USA Today



Paycheck Fairness Act: Not Good for Paychecks or Fairness
April 7 2014
Hadley Heath
Red Alert Politics



The Fictitious Holiday Based on a Faux Statistic
April 7 2014
Sabrina Schaeffer
Ricochet



Test Your Knowledge: A Guide to the Wage Gap
April 7 2014
Victoria Coley



Paycheck Fairness Act: Not Good for Paychecks or Fairness
April 7 2014
Hadley Heath
Red Alert Politics



The Fictitious Holiday Based on a Faux Statistic
April 7 2014
Sabrina Schaeffer
Ricochet



The President's Executive Orders on Equal Pay Won't Help Women
April 7 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review



'Bossy' Ban: The Main Problem With Feminism Today
March 21 2014
Karin Agness
Huffington Post: Women



CPAC: Why Conservatism is Right for Women
March 10 2014
Sabrina Schaeffer



When It Comes To Addressing Women In The SOTU, Obama Will Double-Down On Government-Knows-Best
January 28 2014
Sabrina Schaeffer
Forbes



Marriage and Mobility
January 24 2014
Rachel DiCarlo Currie



More Daycare, Less Regulation
January 22 2014
Abby Schachter



Five Reasons Not to Take The Shriver Report Seriously—and One Reason to Take It Very, Very Seriously
January 21 2014
Charlotte Hays
The Federalist



The Shriver Report: Right on the problem of poverty, but wrong on solutions
January 17 2014
Hadley Heath
Red Alert Politics



#IAmWoman: REAL Solutions to Help "Women on the Brink."
January 16 2014
Victoria Coley



Shriver Report Is the New ‘War on Women’ Manifesto
January 15 2014
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review Online



The Shriver Report: Too Often Over-Bearing Government Is Women's Worst Enemy
January 14 2014
Sabrina Schaeffer
Forbes



IWF Responds to The Shriver Report
January 14 2014



Four Significant Moments for Women in 2013
December 31 2013
Sabrina Schaeffer
National Review Online



Proposed Paid Leave Program Limits Freedom To Negotiate
December 13 2013
Hadley Heath
Doublethink Magazine



Beyond the Glass Ceiling
December 12 2013
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review Online



Business Must Stop Coddling Women In The Workplace
December 4 2013
Sabrina Schaeffer
Forbes



Women Deserve to Decide Whether They Want More Pay or More Flexibility
November 4 2013
Carrie L. Lukas



EVENT: Mad Women Debate: The Battle of the Sexes
September 9 2013
Victoria Coley



Hanna Rosin Gets It Right . . . Sort of
September 3 2013
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review Online



Gallup: Vast Majority of Women Don't See Gender Bias Holding Them Back
August 19 2013
Charlotte Hays



The Gender Delusion
August 15 2013
Sabrina Schaeffer
ricochet



Nancy Pelosi And Democrats' 'New' Agenda For Women Shows Endless Faith In Big Government
August 5 2013
Carrie L. Lukas
Forbes



Commercialization of 'Lean In' has turned message on its head
July 29 2013
Sabrina Schaeffer
The Hill



Pelosi Still Pigeon-Holes Women
July 23 2013
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review Online



The Next General in the War on Men’s Pay
July 15 2013
Carrie L. Lukas
Foxnews.com



Traditional Issues, New Strategies
July 8 2013
The American Spectator Claire Healey
The American Spectator



DOL on a Mission to Crush Entrepreneurship
June 26 2013
Carrie L. Lukas



Not-So-Swift Attack on Swiffer
June 6 2013
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review



Good Advice for Twenty-Somethings: Life Is Happening Now
May 31 2013
Karin Agness
Huffington Post



The Rise in (Reluctant) Breadwinner Moms
May 29 2013
Carrie L. Lukas
National Review



Government Needs to Lean Out to Help Working Moms
May 14 2013
Carrie L. Lukas
Huffington Post



The Effects of Media's Focus on Women Candidates' Appearance Aren't Pretty
April 12 2013
Karin Agness
Huffington Post