Unpaid labor – usually care work, performed by women – could account for between 50% and 80% of global GDP. Yet the contribution and burden of this labor remains largely ignored by economists, policy-makers and society at large. In this episode of Visible Women, host Caroline Criado Perez discusses the economics of care work with professor Nancy Folbre, government worker Khara Jabola-Carolus, and Guðrún Hallgrímsdóttir and Lilja Ólafsdóttir, organizers of Iceland’s historic “Women’s Day Off.” What, Perez asks, will it take to make care work better recognized and valued? Might COVID-19 be an impetus for change?
About the Podcast
Best-selling author and activist Caroline Criado Perez is the host of the Visible Women podcast, which builds on the ground-breaking research in her award-winning book, Invisible Women. Nancy Folbre is professor emerita of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Khara Jabola-Carolus is executive director of the Hawai’i State Commission on the Status of Women. Guðrún Hallgrímsdóttir and Lilja Ólafsdóttir helped organize Iceland’s historic “Women’s Day Off.”