economic value

Women's movement protesting for fair pay

Wages for Housework: After 123 years, women are still treated as free domestic labour

Women have been calling for housework to be paid work for 120 years. So let’s look at the history of women’s unpaid work, particularly how the Wages for Housework movement from the 1970s is still relevant today – increasingly so as this economic crisis deepens. Read on to explore the  history of this movement, where we are now, and how we can accelerate the move towards equality. The Wages for… Read More »Wages for Housework: After 123 years, women are still treated as free domestic labour

Women's unpaid work & economic value

Women’s unpaid housework is the fourth largest economy in the world – it’s time we valued it

According to Oxfam, the economic value of the unpaid housework done by women globally in 2019 was $10.9 trillion. This is more than the combined 2018 revenue of the world’s 50 largest companies. Or, put another way, bigger than the GDP of every country in the world except the US, China and India. That makes women’s unpaid work the fourth largest economy in the world. That is obviously significant at… Read More »Women’s unpaid housework is the fourth largest economy in the world – it’s time we valued it