Taxing the Patriarchy: Creating a More Equitable Financial System

Taxing the Patriarchy: Creating a More Equitable Financial System

Session Type(s): Panel

Too many women and families around the country are set up to fail by stagnating wages, poor quality jobs, and huge barriers to building wealth—and the tax system is part of the problem. The Trump tax cuts overwhelmingly went to the top 1% and corporations at the expense of women and families of color. Our tax system is upside down, benefiting the wealthy and mega-corporations over working families. This panel will walk you through the ways our financial institutions and tax system perpetuate inequality for women and people of color and how we can reconfigure that system to be more equitable.


Janelle Jones

Before joining Groundwork in 2018, Janelle was an economic analyst at Economic Policy Institute working on a variety of labor market topics within EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy. Prior to that, Janelle worked as a research associate at the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Her work has focused on labor markets, racial inequality, unemployment, unions and job quality. Her research has been cited in The New Yorker, The Economist, Harper’s, The Washington Post, The Review of Black Political Economy, and other publications.

Janelle served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in Sacramento, California, where she worked for a grassroots nonprofit on community health issues. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru in the Small Business Development Program focusing on local economic development.

Janelle is from Northeast Ohio and a very proud graduate of Spelman College.