I read with keen interest Rifat Mursalin's article titled “Appreciating women who don't work (for pay)” published in The Daily Star on March 10. I strongly endorse the writer's analysis of how society views and neglects a housewife's contribution to the economy. Growing up in a patriarchal society, we often tend to see a housewife's role as a mere care-giver—one that is of low status and does not generate any monetary value.
But we often don't see how dependent the society and, in fact, all of humankind are on the role of a care-giver. I myself could never have been successful without my mother's support who was a housewife. It is high time we changed our attitude towards the “most committed, selfless, dedicated women” whose relentless contributions to the household we rely upon on a day-to-day basis.
Nuzhat Rifa Ehsan