Teaching had been a male-dominated occupation, but from the 1880s increasing numbers of women joined the profession. Their pay was substantially lower than that of men (the difference varied around the country, as regional educational boards set salaries). In 1894 male average salaries were between £105 and £202 per annum, while women were paid between £63 and £112. Women teachers, like those in Southland whose petition to the Minister of Education was reported in 1900, objected to this discrepancy. So did the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), a mixed-gender primary teachers’ association. The NZEI, like other unions and associations representing mixed occupations, spoke out against education boards employing women rather than men as teachers to save money.
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Reference: Grey River Argus, 2 July 1890, p. 3
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