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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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The Invisible Woman

The GNP Blindspot

Important note to Family Values people:



GNP is not increased by volunteering, by child-care, by elder-care, by housework. GNP is not increased by building a family, by assisting friends, or by leisure time spent recharging one’s batteries.



GNP is increased by family break-down, by child-abuse, by divorce, by wife-battering, by crime, by imprisonment, by social disintegration, and by environmental destruction.



“The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play.



It does not include the beauty of our poetry, or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our devotion to our country.



It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”
Senator Robert Kennedy
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The Invisible Woman

Family Values ≠ Family is Valuable

Family Values do not mean the family is valuable.

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There would be no economy, no society, no community without the unmeasured, unrecorded, and unpaid work provided by the Invisible Woman.

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What do we really mean by “Family Values” when we place no value on the work of creating, maintaining and caring for a family?

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Combining Family & Career

According to Statisticians…

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

The Invisible Woman

“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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We are invisible … our contribution unmeasured, unrecorded, and unpaid … yet our role is crucial to the functioning of a healthy, successful Society. “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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Remember! People take their behavioural cues from economic signals. Send out the wrong signals and you will get the wrong response. Neglect of household production severely distorts our measures of both economic wealth and social well-being.

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The family is the foundation of Society. In its success can be found the success of that Society. If you want to strengthen Society, then some way must be found to measure Woman’s unpaid contribution to it. Some way must be found to make us visible, to give our contribution credibility, to give it respect, to give it value.

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That is the only way proper laws, policies, and family-friendly arrangements can develop.
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The Invisible Woman

What women do is…

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 it isn’t work, is it?

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The Invisible Woman

The Mis-measure of Women

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



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”.



The Mis-measure of Woman:
Female work unmeasured, unrecorded, and unrewarded.

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The Invisible Woman

Housewives Only Contribute to GDP When…

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.



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

This would lead to an increase in measured economic wealth!



The cost of firefighters and police, of vehicles and gas, of burials, of clean-up and rebuilding, of lawyers and courts … all would contribute to GDP.



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



Would anyone but an economist think that her actions brought anything but harm to her family, her community, and the economy?

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The Invisible Woman

Women Contribute Nothing to GDP?

Think about how GDP is measured: If a woman looks after a house, and cares for her own children in that house, then she is not working and contributes nothing to the economy.



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



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



Interesting how similar the attitudes of the ungrateful husband and the economist who measures GDP.



The husband says, “You never contributed anything to the marriage.”



The economist says, “You never contributed anything to the economy.”

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Combining Family & Career

You never contributed anything to the marriage…

Being a full-time, traditional wife and mom is exhausting and hard-labour.



You juggle multiple roles and duties: You cook, you clean, you care for the kids. Housekeeping, day-care, teaching, accounting, laundry, managing, organizing, driving, psychology, nursing, lover, friend, advisor, companion.



You work over 90 hours a week.

You make a haven for hubby so he may focus on his career and his advancement.



All this and sex, too, for no pay.

You are exhausted and frustrated and would like some recognition and some compensation.



So, what does hubby claim at the divorce?



“You never contributed anything to the marriage.”