Employment

Auckland Women Lawyers' Association

1984 –

Theme: Employment

The Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association (AWLA) had its first official meeting on 16 April 1984, but its origins go back much earlier.

SheEO NZ

2017 –

Theme: Employment

Helping women-led businesses which are much less likely to receive venture capital, the funding needed to establish or grow a business.

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi Women's Council

1987 –

Theme: Employment

The precursors of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi (NZCTU) Women’s Council were the women’s advisory committees of the Federation of Labour (FOL)

TechWomen

2011 –

Theme: Employment

The New Zealand Technology Industry Association, later NZTech, began in 2008 with the aim of promoting and nurturing New Zealand’s tech industry. TechWomen, a subsidiary volunteer group within NZTech, had its beginnings in the early 2010s.

Architecture+Women New Zealand

2011 –

Theme: Employment

Architecture+Women New Zealand was founded in 2011 after a conversation in a suburban mall between architects Julie Wilson and Lynda Simmons.

Business and Professional Women New Zealand

1939 –

Theme: Employment

Known as:

  • New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women
    1939 – 2000
  • Business and Professional Women New Zealand
    2000 –

This essay written by Beryl Hughes was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Anita Devcich and Dianne Glenn in 2018.

The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs was formed to encourage and assist business and professional women joining the clubs to take an active role in public life and in community affairs. 

Combined Early Childhood Union of Aotearoa

1982 –

Theme: Employment

Known as:

  • Early Childhood Workers' Union
    1982 – 1990
  • Combined Early Childhood Union of Aotearoa
    1990 –

This essay written by Helen May was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Helen May in 2018.

In March 1982, the Early Childhood Workers' Union was registered as an industrial union for 2000 waged early childhood workers. In 1990 it amalgamated with the New Zealand Free Kindergarten Teachers' Association to form the Combined Early Childhood Union of Aotearoa 

New Zealand Medical Women’s Association

1921 – 2003

Theme: Employment

This essay written by Kathleen Anderson was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Anne Else in 2018.

1921 – 1993

The New Zealand Medical Women's Association (NZMWA) was formed to 'further the interests of Medical Women in New Zealand, and to promote professional association between members by holding meetings at which papers may be given and other matters of interest discussed'. [1] Open to all women doctors, by 1993 the association had branches in Auckland, Taranaki, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin; the national executive was regularly rotated among them. In 1992 there were approximately 280 members.

Domestic Workers' Unions

1890 – 1942

Theme: Employment

This essay written by Megan Cook was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

The history of domestic service unions is brief and confused. Repeated efforts to organise what was, until 1936, the largest group of women workers all ended in failure: none of the unions drew substantial support, none lasted for more than a few years, and none was able to negotiate an award with employers.

Coalition for Equal Value Equal Pay (CEVEP)

1957 –

Theme: Employment

Known as:

  • Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity (CEPO)
    1957 – 1977
  • Coalition for Equal Value Equal Pay (CEVEP)
    1987 –

This essay written by Margaret Hutchison was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Linda HIll in 2018.

The aims of the Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity (CEPO) were 'to bring about as soon as possible the full implementation of the principles of equal pay for equal work (or the rate for the job) and equal opportunity for women in all spheres of employment in New Zealand'. 

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