Dr Marilyn Waring

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Dr Marilyn Waring

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Meeting Dr Marilyn Waring will change your perceptions of justice, economics and the worth of your own work forever. David Suzuki has said of this world-renowned political economist, feminist and author that she "...penetrates to the heart of the global, ecological and social crisis that afflicts the world".

In 1975, 22 year-old Marilyn became the youngest member in the New Zealand Parliament. At the age of 24 she became Chairperson of the Public Expenditures Committee. She discovered that our international accounting systems do not count many things - notably the work of women and the cost of environmental damage.

Marilyn challenges the assumption that international business systems are adeqautely meeting the needs of both local and global communities. Using plain language laced with ironic humour, she makes it clear that classic economics work to benefit one particular group, while the rest of us - the vast majority - pay the price.

A feminist economist with a PhD in Political Economy, a development consultant who has worked in more than a dozen countries, a farmer and an activist for "female human rights", Marilyn is currently Associate Professor in Public Policy at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

Marilyn was one of 40 "visionaries" chosen by the BBC World Service throughout the English-speaking world for their series of hour-long millennium interviews and her views have been published many times in books and international publications. Her second book, If Women Counted: The New Feminist Economics was released in 1989 and was the basis of the award winning Canadian National Film Board documentary entitled Who's Counting? Her latest books are The Three Masquerades: Equality, Work and Human Rights. And In the Lifetime of A Goat.

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