HS1002A – Social Determinants of Health
Guiding Questions for Who’s Counting: Women and Economics, from Who’s Counting: Marilyn
Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics, National Film Board of Canada, 1995
WoTerms: United Nations System of National Accounts - an international standard system of national
accounts, the aim of which is to provide a national profile of economic activity and to enable
international comparisons of all significant economic activity.
Subsistence Production/Agriculture – self-sufficient farming in which farmers focus on growing
enough food to feed themselves and their families
What are main points/arguments made by Waring?
- Household work that women do (including producing and raising children) are
invisible (they are not recorded or recognized by the government, women are
not paid for essentially being "house wives").
- System is designed to only recognize money. There is no venue to unpaid
- Work of non – primary producers who are bearing and raising children –>
most work women do are of little or no importance in society.
Why is women’s invisibility in macro-economic systems a problem for Waring?
If you are invisible (as some women are) you would be invisible when it came to
the redistribution of benefits ("a system cannot respond to values to which it
does not recognize").
What are “time use surveys”? Why are these tools important for policymakers,
according to Waring?
- They were conducted in Pakistan (first study) and they compare the use of
time between men and women. Women spend most of their time cooking
and these surveys make the work that women do visible. Warning