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Waring, Marilyn

  • By: Margunn Biørnholt
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Marilyn Waring (born in 1952) is a New Zealand feminist, a former politician, an academic, and an activist for female human rights. She holds a Ph.D. in political economy. Her book, Counting for Nothing, originally published in 1988 and reprinted several times under its original title as well as its 1989 title If Women Counted, is considered one of the classics in terms of feminist economy. In 1995, a Canadian video documentary, Who's Counting: Sex, Lies and Global Economics, was based on her work.

In her groundbreaking work, Waring criticizes economic theory as well as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the economic measure that became a foundation of the United Nations System of National Accounts (UNSNA) following World War II, for ignoring women's unpaid work, as ...

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