It has become widely recognized that women contribute generously to the gross national product, as well as to the well-being of their families and their communities. Women are the main providers for one-third of all families in the world, and two-thirds of the poorest. If truth be known, more women than men are solely responsible for their families. Three-fourths of the world’s micro-entrepreneurs are women, and in low-income countries women produce between sixty and eighty percent of the food for local consumption. In nearly every part of the world, women work longer hours than men and perform a wider variety of tasks (International Women’s Tribune Centre, 1985). Though fiscal resources differentially affect support services for them (provided by poor women in most countries) and the availability of labor saving equipment, women who work outside the home, regardless of class or ethnicity, are likely to carry the dual burden of responsibility within it. Still, neither men, women or their governments call women’s exhausting contributions “work.”
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