Counting Women’s Work: Measuring the gendered economy in the market and at home

Author
Sidney B. Westley
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
East-West Center
Abstract
Through the ages, women have specialized in the unpaid work of raising children, maintaining households, and caring for others, while men have been more likely to earn wages in the market (Watkins et al. 1987). As fertility rates have declined, however, women have joined the labor force outside the home in growing numbers. Understanding how women’s economic roles are changing and how and why they may change in the future is crucial for understanding the economic effects of changes in population age structure. It is also vital for improving gender equality, ensuring the wellbeing of children and other family members, and maintaining a healthy rate of economic growth.
Topic
Gender Issues, International Political Economy
Political Geography
Global Focus