According to a UCLA academic there might be an inverse link between oil production and women’s rights:
He argues that women’s participation in the formal labor force is a driving force in the development of women’s rights and participation. Oil production tends to crowd out local manufacturing, and so oil crowds out job opportunities for women. That is, the discovery of oil in a less developed country, he argues, sideswipes the development of women’s rights. The discovery of oil might even set back previous gains.
If this is true, what will this mean for women in Southland and Taranaki? Back to baking scones, ladies?
It’s a shame Prof Ross’ solution to the problem of oppressing womens’ rights in oil-rich states is to build sweatshop factories.
Seems like yet another good reason, alongside climate change, to just leave the oil where it is.
Hat tip – Freakonomics