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The Invisible Woman

Woman’s work = The Foundation of Society

“Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.”
Clare Boothe Luce

An economy’s future, and its quality of life, largely rest on the unpaid labour of women. Yet our huge contribution registers nowhere in GDP.

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It is “woman’s work” to birth the next generation, to fashion a haven – a safe, clean, warm and loving environment – in which a family can blossom.

It is “woman’s work” to ensure that children are cared for, loved, and grow-up to be healthy, law-abiding and productive.

It is “woman’s work” to create the meals which produce strong bodies and minds. Without us, productivity would decline and social costs would rise.

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Why are we are invisible?

Our contribution may be unmeasured, unrecorded, and unpaid, yet our role is absolutely and undeniably crucial to the functioning of a healthy, successful Society.

Indeed, “woman’s work” is far more essential to our species’ survival, to our happiness, and to our quality of life, than work performed in a mine, a factory, an office, or a store.
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The Invisible Woman

Patriarchy is theft.

Patriarchy is built on the concept of women as free labour. Our bodies, minds, and abilities are appropriated without compensation.

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Like slaves, we are given room and board, and if we are lucky, a few shekels to clothe and amuse ourselves. But what we are given does not begin to equal what we contribute to society.

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Patriarchy is theft.
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Combining Family & Career

Don’t Get No Respect, Ladies, ‘Less You Charge For It!

If a woman looks after a house and cares for her own children in her own home, then according to statisticians she is not working.



But if she takes paid employment, pays someone else to raise her children, and to care for her house, then she, the nanny, and the domestic would all be classified as working.



Conclusion:
Caring for a house and children is work only if money changes hands.

Don’t get no respect, ladies, ‘less you charge for it!
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The Invisible Woman

Don’t Upset The Patriarchy

What men do is work.

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What women do is …

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Well, economists may not have a word for it, but ladies (be good girls, now!), those thousands of hours you devote annually to house and family – you wouldn’t want to upset the Patriarchy by actually claiming it is work, would you?

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The Invisible Woman

It’s Official: Unpaid Housework Isn’t Work!

When measuring GDP, housework becomes real ONLY when someone pays for it.

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As with history, economics has been defined by dominant males:

Men do paid labour.

That IS work.

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Women do unpaid labour.

That IS NOT work.

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The Invisible Woman

The Mismeasure of Woman

Official stats such as GDP do not begin to capture the number of hours women work.

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Male defined stats, which get it so wrong … men refuse to record the benefits to our families, to our communities, to the nation, to the world, of “woman’s work”.

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The mismeasure of woman:

Female work – unmeasured, unrecorded, and unrewarded.

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The Invisible Woman

Only An Economist or an Idiot …

Imagine a housewife who diligently cares for her house and children.

She makes NO contribution to the economy according to GDP, the traditional measure of economic wealth.

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Now imagine she drowns the children and burns the house down.

This would lead to an increase in economic wealth!

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The cost of firefighters and vehicles, the clean-up and rebuilding of the house, the lawyers, the court case … all would contribute to GDP.

Keeping her locked-up, fed and clothed; providing psychiatric treatment, social-workers, building maintenance, prison guards, security, etc. … all would contribute to GDP.

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But, would anyone other than an economist or an idiot think that her actions brought anything but harm to her family, her community, and the economy?

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Double Standards

“Woman’s Work” Doesn’t Count Because It Doesn’t Pay

Women – read about them in their hundreds of thousands on Wikipedia – and all but a few of them excluded from his-story.

But, did you also know that men have written women out of economics?

“Woman’s work” does NOT get counted in the measurement of GDP.

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That’s right, ladies – the thousands of hours you devote every year to ensuring the success of the fundamental unit of the economy, the family, counts for **NOTHING** in the National Accounts.

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Why?

Because, silly you, you didn’t get paid for doing it – and unpaid work is deemed worthless work, not worthy of being included in calculating GDP, the economic activity of a country!

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All hail male logic: If we don’t pay you for it, if instead, we steal it from you, well, then it ain’t real, and we don’t have to record it – nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!