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The Invisible Woman

½ of Total National Output

Women workers contribute 40% of GDP in developed nations, but what if housework was included in Gross National Product?

In developed economies women produce about 40% of official GDP.

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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.

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What our contribution to economic wealth would be if the true value to Society of “women’s work” was recognized, and we were compensated the way sports celebrities are, is mind boggling.