The Spin is strong in this one Luke. Ladies of Leisure, that is older women not participating in the workforce and not looking for paid employment, will be the ruin of us all apparently.
CLOSE to a million more mature women could be working but choose not to participate in the labour force, the Productivity Commission has found, adding to the danger of the ticking population time-bomb.
Oh noes, not a ticking time bomb!
898,900 out of the 2.7 million women aged 45 to 64 in this country are not in the labour force. Only 58,200 of these are unemployed.
These 839 800 ‘ladies’* could be working but aren’t. How could they do this to the economy? Who do they think they are? What to they think they are doing having leisure time while the rest of us work? Lets look at some options.
They could be enjoying their retirement. They could be providing hours of unpaid labour as volunteers, carers, babysitters, visitors, church wardens, community activists, helpers in schools, parenting [eta] children, or grandchildren and myriad other things that are of great, uncosted, benefit to the economy while still enjoying their retirement. They could have a disability and be unable to participate in a workforce that in general makes workforce particpation for people with a disability difficult if not nigh on impossible. They could have a disability and still be actively providing hours of unpaid labour that makes a huge uncosted contribution to the economy. They might be looking for work but not registered with Centrelink. They might be finding that jobs for anyone over 55 are hard to find, despite the media claiming that their experience is valued. The one thing that the majority of them probably aren’t doing is sitting on their bums and doing nothing to contribute to the economy. But of course “women’s work” doesn’t count does it?
* Ladies not women. Ladies suggests women sitting around daintily sipping cups of tea with little pinky fingers raised, obviously enjoying leisure time while others work to support them.
[eta] thanks to Lauredhel for picking up that they are talking about women from age 45 onwards which means that many may be still looking after babies, pregnant, have small children or be in the process of trying to have children. All obviously consistent with sitting on their bums and leisure time.