Kōrero: Women’s labour organisations

Women's occupations, 1896–2006

Women's occupations, 1896–2006

From 1896 to 2006 the occupations in which women worked changed significantly. The service workers category, which dominated employment in 1896, included domestic service, then the commonest job done by women. The relatively high percentage of professional women that year was bolstered by women teachers. The influx of women into clerical work over time is clear – the fall in numbers in 2006 is matched by the rise in the administrative category in the same year.

The data on which the chart is based is drawn from the census. As the categories used changed over time it is trends that are shown here.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand official yearbook, 1990; Statistics New Zealand

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Megan Cook, 'Women’s labour organisations - Women’s unions and associations, 1878 to 1939', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/graph/26360/womens-occupations-1896-2006 (accessed 24 September 2019)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011