This issue of IWNews is focusing on Feminist Economics. Some of the articles published in it were sent to us by Margunn Bjørnholt PhD who is President of our Norwegian affiliate association and a feminist economist herself. She is the co-editor with Professor Ailsa McKay of the book Counting on Marilyn Waring: New Advances in Feminist Economics. Why are we focusing on this subject? Because feminist economics help us understand and analyse the gap between women and men especially in the labour market and why women’s empowerment cannot take place unless we can create an enabling economic environment for women. The major problem with economics is that they ignore women and that by ignoring them they help cement gender inequality.
Joann Vanek, Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, where her research and findings on women and housework earned her the status of a pioneer in women’s studies.
A Haroon Akram-Lodhi, an economist, whose focus of research interest is in the political economy of agrarian change in developing capitalist countries and on the economic dimensions of gender relations.
Diane Elson, a British economist, sociologist and gender and development social scientist. She is Chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group.
Karen Volpato, superannuation marketing and policy consultant, with a law background.