Teaching had been a male-dominated occupation, but from the 1880s increasing numbers of women joined the profession. Their pay was substantially lower than that of men (although the difference varied across the country, because regional educational boards decided wage rates). In 1894 male average salaries varied between £105 and £202 per annum, while those of women went from £63 to £112. Women teachers, like those in Southland whose petition to the Minister of Education was reported in 1900, objected to this. So did the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), a mixed-gender primary teachers’ association. The NZEI, like some other unions and associations representing mixed occupations, spoke out in order to stop education boards employing women rather than men as teachers to save money.
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Reference: Grey River Argus, 2 July 1890, p. 3
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