Going Beyond GDP: Women and Unpaid Household Work

For centuries, the burden of unpaid household work (UHW) has unequally been borne by our women. Kamal Hassan’s recently proposed to pay women for their domestic work. The idea originally comes from proposals by Western feminists to monetise household work but the cost of such labour is high in the west, unlike India. In this essay, I discuss the pre-existing economic value of unpaid household work and its seemingly inevitable incorporation into our national accounts in the near future.

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