New Tools for Revving Up the Economy: Women, Work, and Care

Read the new Huffington Post article by Riane Eisler and Valerie Young. There are four key levers policymakers can pull to maximize the intersection between the work women do, paid and unpaid, and economic prosperity, as documented by the Social Wealth Economic Indicators developed by the Caring Economy Campaign.

Why is caring for children not a more central part of economic models? Why is care work undervalued, when it is so vital to both economic and social health?

To begin with, women’s employment drives economic expansion. According to Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, in the current Democracy Journal, “Women now bring home at least a quarter of the earnings in more than two-thirds of families with children. In a growing number of households, women bring in half or even more of the earned income. This shift has been good for businesses and the economy.”

Read more in the May 6, 2016 Huffington Post article by Riane Eisler and Valerie Young. An please add your comments at the end of the article!!

Thank you!

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  1. Mark Brouwer Reply

    Great writing! The caring economy is indeed significant in the contributions to our social and cultural wellbeing. GDP is so bogus as a measure of national economic “success” because it’s rigged to ignore carbon costs or the very real cost to human lives from production of weapons of mass destruction. We need more weapons of mass Instruction! Indeed, I share your hurt for the attacks on education over the past 10 years. If we are to survive this war on education, we must go underground, to foster and care for communities of people working to better this world; regardless of the destructive ramblings of the uneducated, corporately corrupt, political puppets.

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