The most valuable and underpaid job is the role of housewife. Modern societies have never paid housewives though they will pay people to do the work housewives do.
Housewives undeniably create value for every community on earth. Not one person who has ever lived was not born of a woman and even if she abandons the baby at birth, she could not help but nurture it up until this time.
It is virtually impossible for woman not to contribute to the value of the community as a homemaker i.e., the Greater Good.
The Greatest Good is not just about identifying sources of good it is about enhancing the Greatest Good. Volunteers do good works and contribute to the total value of the community. Housewives could be considered part of this group. Housewives volunteer their time to care for their family and often spend a large amount of time enriching the lives of shopkeepers, neighbors, shut-ins and children.
Society takes this value as if it was the duty of housewives to give this amount of themselves, but when they fail to provide this amount of selfless labor it costs society a lot of money to replace them.
Childcare workers, homecare and meal-on-wheels are all industries that have had to step in to replace areas where women have stepped back.
If as a society, we are going to focus on the Greatest Good we need to look at the value we are creating of destroying. It is a bookkeeping task. If sending woman out to work and paying them as professional house cleaners, cooks and caregivers then as a society this is the route we ought to take. If the best value is produced by each woman staying at home and caring for her family, then as a society we ought to see what we can do to recompense woman in a fair manner.
Society needs to take a quantified approach to reform. There may be savings in not paying housewives but there is the possibility we are creating costs far above what we would have paid by giving woman a decent wage for looking after their homes.
It has long been recognized that woman tend to bear the greatest burden regarding the maintenance of the home. This rarely changes if the wife takes a job outside of the home. The woman still retains the job of preparing the meals, shopping, nurturing the kids and taking care of the pets as well as the cleaning and miscellaneous medical duties that come with raising a family.
These tasks add value to the community and are invaluable to any well-functioning society. Any job worth doing ought to be worth a wage, in keeping with the teachings of Scripture.
Housewives are able to rectify this situation, if they so choose. A Housework’s Exchange is formed. The Exchange is an agency working to address property rights issue in the area of housework. The Housework’s Exchange not only oversees the wages paid to housewives but also serves as the agency overseeing related issues. The Exchange operates as a one-stop center for homeworkers. Mothers needing babysitters, or home cleaning assistance or other care providers can access these services through the agency.
The agency not only pays housewives for housework it pays the housewife when engaging in work outside of the home in the capacity of a homemaker.
If people are paid for what they do and for the value they create why is it that housewives are not paid a living wage, and why do we think they cannot be paid a living wage? Indeed, not a few persons suggest they ought not to be paid. Yet, who has a more important job than a housewife? Who creates more value for the time they spend working than a housewife? Why is the most important job done by the most important person not a paid position?
Which is it, are we saved by faith or by works? If by faith what is the need for works? If we need works why are we not saved by being good? What does it mean to do good works and does this give us additional rewards or is it just once saved always saved and no amount of sacrifice will add one bit of value to our salvation? These questions and many more are answered in the compact but very exhaustive discussion? Don’t let your questions remain unanswered.