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'If women counted' is one of the foundational books of feminist economics, and illustrates how women's unpaid work as well as the value of nature is excluded from what is considered productive in the national economy. This book offers a systematic critique of how national accounting is conducted and what it measures. It also made the UN redefine GDP.
The way we measure the economy, as illustrated in this book, is inherently sexist. It excludes work in the home and volunteering; women do the majority of unpaid work. According to the OECD, "women do about twice as much, 150 minutes a day more, as men in the home" (in OECD countries). In contrast to what is often thought of as an objective measurement, the book sheds light on why this is not the case.