Synopses & Reviews
Your Money and Your Life is a manifesto for this year's woman voter and for male voters who care about the women in their lives. Martha Burk empowers the reader to cut through the doubletalk, irrelevancies, and false promises, and focuses directly on what's at stake for women not only in the '08 election, but also in the years beyond. Where women stand, what women think, and what we need-with tough questions for candidates to hold their feet to the fire. Your Money and Your Life should be carried to every political rally, every press conference, every precinct meeting and into the voting booth.
"Martha Burk shows us there is still work to do and shows us a road to gender equality that goes straight through the voting booth!" Susan Scanlan, Chair, national Council of Women's Organizations
"Whether you're a young woman worried about your future options, an employed woman fighting to break the glass ceiling, a mom out of the paid workforce, a retired woman struggling to make ends meet, or a feminist activist trying to change the world, this book has the information you need."
Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
"Martha Burk spends her time breaking barriers for women." Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)
"Martha Burk is much more than simply an advocate for women's issues. Her broad range of experience and understanding of the political process make her uniquely qualified to outline what's at stake not just for women, but for the country as a whole in the upcoming election. A timely and important call to action."
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
"What every woman needs to know to bring about real change for themselves, families and communities, and for this nation."
LaDonna Harris, President and Founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity; Convener, National Women's Political Caucus
1 Your Money and Your Life: What's at Stake?
2 Women Can Control Any Election: The Gender Gap
3 Who's in Charge? Why Does it Matter?
4 Where We Stand: We've Come a Long Way, but There's a Long Way to Go
5 What Do Women Want or at Least, What Are We Thinking?
6 Politicians with Forked Tongues: Beware the False Prophets
7 Your Life, and Many Others: Ending the Wars
8 Your Money: the Economy
9 Your Life: Reproductive Rights
10 Your Life: Health Care
11 Your Money: Social Security
12 Your Life: Long-term Care
13 Family Leave and Sick Leave
14 Child Care
15 Education and Title IX
16 Your Money: Taxes
17 Your Money: Pay Equity
18 Affirmative Action
19 Your Life: Violence
20 Human Rights
21 Women in the Military
22 Global Women's Issues
23 The Last Word Equal Constitutional Rights
Appendix The Political Parties and Their Platforms
2004 Republican Party Platform
2004 Democratic Party Platform
About the Author
Dr. Martha Burk is a political psychologist and nationally recognized authority on women's issues. She is the former Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations in Washington, D.C., where she led the fight to open the Augusta National Golf Club to women in 2003. She is now Money Editor for Ms. magazine and a syndicated columnist, appearing regularly on national television and radio. Dr. Burk's last book was Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done about It.