Mothers And Basic Income: The Case For An Urgent Intervention

Mother-and-baby

The gender pay gap requires urgent attention, writes Dr Petra Bueskens. But there is a strong case to be made for the reality that mothers and single mothers should be at the front of the queue.*

Universal basic income – or #UBI – has been gaining traction in recent years as a utopian alternative to the punitive, stigmatising and declining welfare state in neo-liberal societies. The confluence of increased automation, declining wages and under-employment has been seized by the Left as a powerful reason for the establishment of a basic income (although interestingly, the UBI has always had supporters on the Right who want to do away with big government).

For women as mothers, however, the UBI opens up the possibility of a hitherto unseen equality that includes freedom from dependence on a male wage.

Mothers and Basic Income was published in New Matilda on February 23, 2017. You can read it here.

 

Australia Needs A Universal Basic Income, And We Should Start With Mothers

Mothers and basic income Huffpost image

Australia Needs A Universal Basic Income, And We Should Start With Mothers

Women should not need access to a husband to avoid poverty.

My New Matilda piece Mothers and Basic Income: The Case for Urgent Intervention was reposted (and slightly edited) in this Huffington Post on February 24th, 2017. You can read it here.

Petra Bueskens | Mother, scholar, psychotherapist | Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Melbourne Daylesford