- Publisher: Harpercollins (November 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062509403
- ISBN-13: 978-0062509406
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics Paperback – November, 1990
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The United Nations System of National Accounts (UNSNA) forms the basic national account statistics used in annual reports from agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Waring, a feminist, environmental advocate, and member of the New Zealand Parliament from 1975-84, charges that UNSNA acts to sustain the institutionalized enslavement of women by focusing solely on production and consumption in the market sphere, thereby rendering women's unpaid work invisible. While her book is more polemic than academic, Waring has nonetheless amassed an amazing amount of statisticcal detail to support her thesis, and she shows formidable skill in synthesizing the thoughts of others for her cause. This is an important book for all women's studies and economics collections.
- Christy Zlatos, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Almost twenty years before this book was written, this economic theory was elucidated (1969-1973) by Betsy Warrior in a booklet titled "Houseworker's Handbook," which included the articles, "Housework: Slavery or a labor of Love" and "The Source of Leisure Time." which succinctly explained these fundamental truths that are ignored by all accounting in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Unfortunately, few of these vital economic perspectives are still in print. This is not only as relevant and important today, but is even more needed to bestow the proper value on this invisible, life-sustaining economic activity.
As Marilyn outlines in her first chapter, she drew on her experience working for the United Nations Development Fund for Women in writing If Women Counted. She was shocked to learn that in many third world countries, women account for a major portion of the productive economy by providing the essentials of life (growing vegetable, making soap and candles, collecting firewood and water) that people in the first world typically purchase. Yet because no money changes hands, these activities are not formally counted as part of a nation's productive economy. Of course she also writes at length about the unpaid work first world woman do (child care, elder care, housework and food preparation).
To my knowledge she is also the first economist to point out the tragedy of counting the costs of war and environmental degradation as part of the productive economy (environmental degradation adds to the GDP because of the money spent to correct the damage) - because they actually lessen humanity's ability to supply our basic survival needs.
By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, author of THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN REFUGEE