Why do we value certain activities over other ones?
Why is working in an office remunerated but not raising a child?
Why is someone’s worth equated with the job they do?
Why is a skilled worker building a house not valued
As much as the architect who designed the house?
We’ve created these categories in our minds
Certain jobs are more desirable
Certain activities more worthwhile
In reality, we need each and every occupation
For a society to function
Imagine if the garbage men go on strike
The history of what is valuable work for women
Has changed over time
From being a mother and an educator
Responsible for the affairs of the home
To working outside the home and competing with men
Perhaps we need to move to the next stage
And value unpaid work again
Rearing and education children
Keeping an orderly home
Caring for the sick and aged
Rewarding these activities monetarily would be great
But until then, we can just value them
For the real and essential ‘jobs’ they are
Any activity that serves a purpose and serves the community
Should be valued
August 30th, 2021