The on-line registration form wanted to know what area of business I was in.
The options were:
Accountancy & tax advice; aerospace and defence; automobiles; banking; basic resources/mining; chemicals/comms/publishing/media; consulting/business services; education/academia; energy/utilities; engineering/construction; financial services/food and beverages; fund/asset management; government/ public service/NGO; health and pharmaceuticals/IT/computing; industrial goods and services; insurance; personal & household goods; property; retail; telecommunications; transport/logistics; travel & leisure.
Obviously this organisation thinks agriculture and other areas of primary production count for nothing.
A few days later another form gave a more comprehensive list which included agriculture and some unpaid work:
Professional or senior government official; business manager or executive; business proprietor or self-employed; teacher, nurse police or other trained service worker; clerical or sales employee; farm owner or manager; technical or skilled worker; semi skilled worker; domestic worker, labourer or agricultural worker; home duties (not otherwise employed) student tertiary; student secondary; secondary primary/intermediate; retired/ superannuitent; unemployed/beneficiary; other not listed above.
Home duties (not otherwise employed)? Ah well I suppose it’s better than housewife/husband/person.
But it doesn’t take into account the unpaid work which people, usually but not only women, do outside the home, apropos of which Sandra thinks we need to ask some new questions.
We’ve made a lot of progress in accepting that women can have careers, but there has been little if any progress in recognising the importance of unpaid work which is so important in extended families and the wider community.