‘Underneath the numbers, a philosophical judgement is always being made based on values, not facts.’
Thirty years ago Marilyn Waring’s groundbreaking book Counting for Nothing was released. Waring explained, through meticulous economic analysis, how the success of the global economy rests on women’s unpaid work. Counting for Nothing became a phenomenon: it was read and discussed around the world, and even made into a film.
Today, many people hope that the shift to a wellbeing approach – moving beyond narrow economic indicators when assessing New Zealand’s progress – will mean women’s work is finally valued fairly. But what does Marilyn Waring make of it? This short book provides an essential assessment of wellbeing economics from a leading feminist scholar.
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BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Spanning contemporary issues, history and memoir, new BWB Texts are released regularly, and the series now amounts to well over fifty works.
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'The Real Gender Pay Gap', BBC Radio 4, 11 June 2019 (audio, 28 minutes).
'Interview with Marilyn Waring, on the limits to GDP and how we do not count our largest sector', Uncommon Sense – Triple R FM, March 2019.
'Time to 'grow up' and implement CGT - economist', Finn Hogan, Newshub, 3 March 2019.
'The Nation: Emma Jolliff interviews Professor Marilyn Waring', Emma Jolliff, The Nation, 2 March 2019.
'Book Review: Still Counting – Wellbeing, Women’s Work and Policy-making, by Marilyn Waring', Anne Kerslake Hendricks, The Reader, 5 February 2019.
'Marilyn Waring: still counting', Thomas Coughlan, Newsroom, 24 December 2018.
'Marilyn Waring: still counting the value of women's unpaid work', Sunday Morning, RNZ, 16 December 2018.
'Making it count', Tom McKinlay, Otago Daily Times, 10 December 2018.
'Measuring the market: spoiling the planet', Tom McKinlay, Otago Daily Times, 10 December 2018.
'Marilyn Waring: Women's work still ignored', Rob Stock, Stuff, 9 December 2018.
'Waring still counting hidden labour', Radio Waatea, 4 December 2018.
'Marilyn Waring - counting women', ABC Radio, 25 October 2018.
'It’s a thought-provoking read, challenging us to examine what New Zealanders (and especially government policy-makers) value, as well as to reconsider the most appropriate sources of evidence to inform policy-making. It’s an excellent introduction to not only the wellbeing and policy landscape but also to Waring’s writing. It has encouraged me to seek out more of her books, articles and podcasts.'
– Anne Kerslake Hendricks, The Reader, 5 February 2019.