Story: Unpaid domestic work

Counting for nothing

In her 1989 book Counting for nothing, economist Marilyn Waring argued that because women’s domestic work was considered ‘non-productive’ and was therefore not included in national statistics, this major contribution by women was not recognised in the making of public policy.

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Reference: Marilyn Waring, Counting for nothing: what men value & what women are worth, Wellington: Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press, 1988.
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Matt Morris, 'Unpaid domestic work - The importance of unpaid work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Matt Morris, published 11 Mar 2010