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If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics

If Women Counted: A New
Feminist Economics
Marilyn WaringBridget Williams Books1988

From Wikipedia: If Women Counted is a book by New Zealand academic and former politician Marilyn Waring, that is regarded as the “founding document” of the discipline of feminist economics. The book is a groundbreaking and systematic critique of the system of national accounts, the international standard of measuring economic growth, and the ways in which women’s unpaid work as well as the value of Nature have been excluded from what counts as productive in the economy.

The book persuaded the United Nations to redefine gross domestic product, inspired new accounting methods in dozens of countries, and became the founding document of the discipline of feminist economics.

“Men won’t easily give up a system in which half the world’s population works for next to nothing…[and recognizes that] precisely because that half works for so little, it may have no energy left to fight for anything else.”

Marilyn Waring