After looking into one aspect of women’s roles in American society during the Progressive Era, we thought it might make sense to consider women’s roles in the economy in general. We quickly came across this The Economist article on feminist economics, a way of reanalyzing traditional economic theory and approaches to better account for women’s many contributions. One aspect of particular note that it addresses is unpaid labor: how do we incorporate the value of work performed by stay-at-home women and men?

 

Some other questions to consider:

What other “kinds” of economics should there be?

Are there aspects of our own lives that we don’t typically think of in economic terms?

What are some good ways of quantifying information is isn’t typically expressed numerically?

What other types of work are unpaid? Overpaid?

 

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Image: “Washerwoman, Study,” 1880 by Camille Pissarro via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]