Women Count! / Women in Dialogue

33 Maplewood Mall Philadelphia, PA 19144                  Phone: 215 848-1120 Fax: 215-848-1130           WomenCount@WomenInDialogue.us

Valuing Caregiving Work

Since 1995 Women Count! has monitored the progress (or lack thereof) by governments to implement the decision made by governments at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to measure and value unwaged work and count its value in “satellite accounts” of the gross domestic product. This was considered by many to be one of the most far-reaching decisions to come out of the Beijing conference.  We provide expert information including speakers to national and international conferences.

We are also concerned about the wages, benefits and working conditions of women in waged work, who earn on average only 72% of men’s wages.  For women of color the situation is even worse: Black women earn 62%, and Hispanic women 52%, of men’s average wage.  Women have consistently identified this as among the most important issues, and Women Count! has hosted meetings and forums that include women’s groups, community organizations and labor unions, as well as collected information on women’s wages and conditions of work.  The Pay Equity Now! initiative is one of the projects based at our Crossroads Women’s Center.