Fraud Friday: The Women's Tax Resistance League - Spidell

Fraud Friday: The Women’s Tax Resistance League

Just before WWI, the Women’s Tax Resistance League was formed as a direct action group that used tax resistance to protest against the disenfranchisement of women in Britain. Their motto was No Vote, No Tax, and one member said, “The least any woman can do is to refuse to pay taxes, especially the tax on actually earned income.” A similar movement appeared in the U.S., holding it was unfair to the women of the U.S. to have taxation without representation. The war put a damper on these movements, and in the U.S. women got the right to vote in 1920; although it wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that women of color would have their voting rights enforced.