The Canada Year Book 2001 reported that in 1998 women spent 15.2 hours on unpaid housework (not counting childcare) per week compared with 8.3 hours for men. Mothers aged 25-44 who were working full-time also spent nearly 35 hours a week at unpaid work.
Canada's method of assessing the value of unpaid activities is one of the more conservative approaches, but even that gives a result of the value of unpaid work being one third of Canada's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
What does that mean? If you take a look at the monthly GDP figures for Canada in March 2004, unpaid work [which is disproportionately done by women] was equal to the total production from agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, mining and oil and gas extraction, manufacturing, and the construction industries utilities -- and at that point it was still $20 million short.
-- Marilyn Waring
Friday, April 13, 2007
Posted by Scott Neigh at Friday, April 13, 2007