Story: Women’s labour organisations

First issue, The Working Woman

Peppered with comradely greetings and pledges of support, the front page of the first issue of The Working Woman showed the very strong links between the magazine and New Zealand’s Communist party. Elsie Farelly, editor of the newspaper during its short life, was a Communist party member at the time and a central figure in the unemployed women’s movement. In its few years of existence, The Working Woman recorded the efforts of women who were marginalised as workers to survive and organise.

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Reference: Communist Party of New Zealand, Working Woman 1, no. 1 (1934): 1

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s labour organisations - Women and unemployment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 February 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Dec 2022