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Opening keynote

Thirty Years Later: Are We Still Counting for Nothing?


November 18, 2016 at 7pm - 9pm


Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
with Marilyn Waring (via Skype from New Zealand)

Marilyn Waring will reflect on the influence of the measure of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and changes and strategies emerging since 1989, the year her classic critique, Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth, was published. What has been critical and radical, what has been sadly strategically astray, and what has added to the destructive power of this overrated indicator?

Important update: We've just learned that due to a health issue that has her under doctor’s orders not to travel, Marilyn Waring will no longer be delivering her Friday keynote address in person, but rather by a live video feed via Skype from New Zealand. We apologize for this development, and while we have every confidence that professor Waring’s talk will still be every bit as engaging and informative by Skype as it would have been in person we wanted to make sure you were aware of this change to the structure of the evening. If you have any questions, please contact Parkland at or 780-492-8558.

Marilyn Waring is professor of public policy, AUT University, New Zealand. She is an internationally-renowned feminist political economist, human rights activist, and development consultant. Her best known work, Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women Are Worth, was the subject of the best-selling documentary made by the National Film Board of Canada, Who’s Counting: Marilyn Waring On Sex, Lies and Global Economics.

She was one of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize nominations in 2005. Also in 2005, Waring was chosen by Attac-40 as one of 26 Voix Rebelles Du Monde (Rebellious Voices of the World), including Jo Steiglitz, Maude Barlow, Arundhati Roy, and Vandana Shiva. Waring has been on the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and was one of two international members of the board of the Canadian Index for Wellbeing.

She was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, Amnesty’s Human Rights Defender Award in 2013, was the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research’s Economist of the Year in 2014, winner of the 2013 Women of Influence Award in the innovation/science category, and an International Honorary Member of Zonta International.