Story: Occupational structure

Anne Barry, firefighter (1st of 2)

Anne Barry, firefighter

Anne Barry became the first woman professional firefighter in Australasia in 1981, but she had to struggle long and hard to achieve this goal. Her initial application was declined, so she took her case to the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Human Rights Commission and to members of Parliament before being accepted for the recruitment course. She passed with flying colours and went on to a distinguished career in the Fire Service for more than 20 years.

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Paul Callister and Robert Didham, 'Occupational structure - Gender', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22559/anne-barry-firefighter (accessed 18 October 2017)

Story by Paul Callister and Robert Didham, published 11 Mar 2010