‘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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'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.