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What Women Want-and Have to Lose-in the 2008 election

Ms. Announces book selection

Polls show women are more concerned with economy than men

Ms. Magazine announces a new book by Money Editor Martha Burk: Your Money and Your Life: The High Stakes for Women in '08 and Beyond . In this comprehensive tour of issues important to women and the questions candidates should answer, Burk implores women to arm themselves with the essential economic knowledge they need to "take control and make the changes needed in the election and beyond."

Burk begins by explaining that "women have the number and voting power to control any election" and the numbers to "affect the national agenda after the elections are over." She then examines how many key economic issues impact women differently than men, driving the gender gap in voting at the polls.

Burk deftly examines how the subprime mortgage crisis has hit women particularly hard, because women are 32% more likely to be targeted for subprime loans than men. She explains how the stimulus package passed in February shortchanged women by failing to increase access to food stamps (70% of food stamp beneficiaries are women), and how women are cheated by the unemployment benefits system.

According to Burk, child care is another key issue women need to insist be included in the electoral debate in 2008. Describing child care as an area where the US government still has a " neanderthal" perspective , Burk states "No president has had the guts to propose a comprehensive, federally subsidized child care program since Richard Nixon vetoed such a plan, calling it the 'sovietization of American children.'" To underscore the importance of elections, Burk cites a New York Times study that shows the U.S. could have a year's worth of universal pre-school (half day for all three-year-olds, full day for all four-year-olds) for the cost of two months of the Iraq war.

Burk urges women to get informed, to flex their electoral power, and to use their numbers to support their own interests in the election this November.

Burk's new book Your Money and Your Life: The High Stakes for Women Voters in '08 and Beyond provides a manifesto for this year's woman voter. Available at www.msmagazine.com .

Note to editors: Ms. Money editor Martha Burk is available for interviews.