Sunday, June 29, 2014


Kathy Matsui of Goldman Sachs says, if the labor participation rate of women could be raised to that of men, the GDP growth could be raised 15 percent. While the labor population is aging and shrinking, women are needed to keep the society sustainable. CEOs and companies tend to be applauded for accepting women as their top-ranking positions. However, it is true that someone has to play the roles that a woman has ever done before. Housework is the one. It is never counted as GDP growth, but necessary for us. I hear women should be free from housework, but I don't think every woman should take part in the labor market. Any policies should be necessary to get women able to work in the marketplace as they want to.

ゴールドマンサックスのキャッシ―松井さんは、女性の労働参加率が男性のそれに近づけば、GDP成長率が15%上がるという。労働人口が老齢化・縮小化す る中で、社会を 持続可能ならしめるには女性が必要だ。会社社長や企業は女性を重要な役職に受け入れれば称賛される傾向にある。しかし、これまで女性が担ってきた役割を誰 かがしないといけないのは事実だ。 家事もその一つ。GDPには計上されないが必要なものだ。女性を家事から解放すべきだと聞こえるが、全ての女性が労働市場に参加すべきだとは思わない。働 くことを望む女性が働くことができるような施策が必要である。

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