Story: Women’s movement

MPs and activists, 1955

MPs and activists, 1955

By 1955 the campaign for public-sector equal pay was well under way. Opposition among MPs, although often covert, was widespread on both sides of the House. The three women parliamentarians supported equal pay, but even Hilda Ross, a member of the governing National Party and Minister for Women and Children, was unable to get action taken on the matter. Three members of the Public Service Association's Equal Pay Committee are shown here meeting New Zealand’s three female members of Parliament, Ethel McMillan (far left), Mabel Howard (third from left) and Hilda Ross (far right). The PSA members were Margot Jenkins (second from left), Joyce McBeath (centre), Margaret Brand (third from right). Dawn Bennie (second from right) was a PSA employee who assisted the equal pay committee. The PSA was the public sector employees’ union.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand PSA Collection
Reference: EP/1955/1703-F

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s movement - The mid-20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011