Story: Women’s labour organisations

Harassment poster

Harassment poster

Sexual harassment was one of the issues highlighted by unions and women's organisations in the 1980s. This poster, produced by the Working Women’s Resource Centre about 1989, shows a female worker pulling away from a man who stands over her with his hand on her shoulder. Although sexual harassment had long been part of women’s work life, it had remained hidden, unspoken of and difficult to prove. Widespread publicity, like this poster, was one way women sought to prevent it occurring.

Image courtesy of the Working Women's Resource Centre

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Reference: Eph-D-ROTH-Women-1990-01

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s labour organisations - Unions, 1970s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011