"Mrs. Mark Wilks, whose husband is in jail because she refuses to pay her taxes, is credited with discovering a new and formidable weapon for the suffragettes. The suffragettes are generally women of property and they will follow Mrs. Wilks example immediately, it is said.
The plan will work only in cases of husbands whose wives have individual income. Nor will it work in cases where the husband pays taxes on their wives' income. Some husbands, like Wilks, haven't enough money to pay their wives' taxes. Suffragette husbands who can pay are counted on to refuse to do so. Thus will a large proportion of the Englishmen with suffragette wives be in jail shortly.Under the married women property act a husband has no jurisdiction over his wife's property and income. Under the income tax he is responsible for her taxes. If the taxes are not paid, the husband, not the wife, is imprisoned. Mrs. Wilks refused to pay her income taxes--$185--and her husband was locked up. He will spend the rest of his life in prison unless the wife pays or the laws are changed. When at liberty he is a teacher in Clapton."
Further down the rabbit hole we go. Silly me to have made the assumption that if a woman was owning property that she alone was also directly responsible for that property. The income tax law implications are a whole other can of worms and how those work in relation to women property laws is where it really gets interesting. When a woman is mad at her husband or is demanding something, how easy it is for her to threaten him or to directly go ahead and not pay the taxes on her property, if he won't comply with her wishes. What does she have to loose? Nothing.
I suspect letting women own property but not holding her responsible for associated taxes (and probably even maintenance) was a result of chivalry. The men, knowing that owning property is not always what's its cracked up to be, thought they would make it easier on women. Give women the title of being property owners to make them feel better, but don't burden her with the actual responsibilities. That just isn't going to work. If women want to hold property solely in their name, then they also need to be solely responsible for taxes and upkeep. Mrs. Wilks should go to jail for not paying taxes on her property; that sounds like equality with men. Must be pretty sweet to own property when a man is the one paying the taxes and maintaining the property.
So, here is the beginning of the crafty way women discovered weapons against men. Laws were beginning to be set up and continue to grow in size everyday for women to easily extort of intimidate their husband into getting what they want. This is one way feminism harms society. It turns wife against husband and husband against wife. The two can no longer work together in a complementary and beneficial way for themselves and society. Feminists learned early on that equality only has to be surface deep for their cause to catch on. Woo women with the idea they will be property owners and equal with men, all the while sticking men with the grunt work (of course the chivalrous men who created the income tax laws bare blame as well).As an aside, I found it curious that the wife was always referred to as "Mrs. Wilks" and the husband as just "Wilks". He does not get the title of "Mr.". Perhaps an innocent typo, but you can never be to sure.