Bookshelf: Tax, social policy and gender

The issue of gender equality is at the forefront of current debate and there is wide public and policy interest, as Emily Hazlewood reports.

Australia has fallen behind in policy and outcomes, even as organisations such as the G20 group of nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Monetary Fund are paying renewed attention to gender inequality.

Tax, Social Policy and Gender, edited by Professor Miranda Stewart, presents new research on the entrenched gender inequality in a comparative framework of human rights and fiscal sustainability.

This book unites the latest ideas in empirical, theoretical and policy thinking about gender equality in tax, social security and social policy in Australia.

There have been great strides made in gender equality in Australia, largely through fiscal, social and economic policies of governments since the 1970s.

However, inequality has persisted across a range of indicators, and current tax, welfare and social policies evince tensions and contradictions, and continue to burden women in terms of taxation, child care, wages and retirement provision.

This book is timely as gender inequality in wage, outcomes, leadership and retirement savings is being extensively and publicly critiqued and debated.