Story: Workforce composition

The housewife’s unpaid work

The housewife’s unpaid work

A woman prepares a meal for her husband in the married quarters of the Wellington central fire station, around 1955. She is part of the majority of New Zealand women who were not part of the paid workforce at that time. A generation later she would be highly likely to be in paid work, perhaps as a professional firefighter herself.

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Paul Callister and Robert Didham, 'Workforce composition - Men’s work, women’s work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

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