Story: Women’s labour organisations

Women in the labour force, 1896–2006

Women in the labour force, 1896–2006

This graph shows the steady movement of women into paid work from 1896 to the 2000s, when they were nearly 50% of the labour force. Over time the groups counted shift, and the trend is shown rather than a consistent dataset. Māori were not included until 1951; from 1945, those employed less than 20 hours per week were not included; and from 1986 to 1996 those employed for less than 30 hours per week were not included. As women were more likely than men to work part-time, the number employed was understated.

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Women’s labour organisations - Equal pay and pay equity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/26375/women-in-the-labour-force-1896-2006 (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011