Our cartoon series, “The Invisible Woman” addresses how the work of women goes unnoticed and uncounted in society.
In developed economies women produce about 40% of official GDP.
However, women also do most of the housework – 70% of it.
If the value of this housework (calculated at the average wage for a nanny or domestic – that is, at artificially low wages) were included in GNP, then we would produce significantly over ½ of total national output.
Globally, women are refusing to have children. The result is demographic disaster, a baby bust, with birth rates in over 50% of countries now below the 2.1 needed for a stable population.
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Many governments have responded by offering to pay women to stay home and have babies.
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However, the incentives offered are generally less than a year’s pay at minimum wage.
Women know that once that bundle of joy arrives, they are facing at least a 16-year commitment. Do the math: That works out to less than 1/16th of the annual minimum wage for a 90 to 100-hour work week, with no holidays, benefits, or pension.
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This tells you everything you need to know about how the Patriarchy views female intelligence.
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All over the world, women are failing to leap upon these offers, causing the men who created them to scratch their heads in puzzlement and ask why their policies aren’t increasing fertility rates.
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And this tells you everything you need to know about what the Patriarchy has done to male intelligence.
GDP not only fails to measure the value of mothers; it also fails to measure the value of Mother Earth.
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GDP is never reduced by the depletion of finite resources or by the degradation of our environment.
GDP is always increased by the damage we do to our planet, by species destruction, by ecological disaster, by increasing levels of pollution, and by environmental diseases which destroy our health and our children’s future.
GDP is then further increased if we attempt to clean-up our mess.
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