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Rich People's MovementsGrassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent$
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Isaac Martin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928996.001.0001

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The Power of Women

The Power of Women

(p.110) Chapter 5 The Power of Women
Rich People's Movements

Isaac William Martin

Oxford University Press

The Revenue Act of 1948 and the Korean War and Revenue Act of 1950 sparked another round of mobilization against the income tax. This time the leaders of the movement were rich women. In September 1951, the Connecticut industrialist Vivien Kellems and the former movie star Corinne Griffith announced a new plan to mobilize women for income tax repeal. These women activists drew on their skills and networks they had developed in previous women’s movements. They radicalized the movement against the income tax by recasting it as a campaign for human rights, and they began to express their opposition to the tax with civil disobedience—tactics that they had learned from the woman suffrage movement.

Keywords:   Income tax, Sixteenth Amendment, women’s movement, feminism, conservatism, libertarianism

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