- Date: Tuesday, 23 May, 2017
5.30pm to 6.45pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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Women's position in the New Zealand economy, 1994/2017
This talk looks at the changes over the last 23 years — both progress (greater education and range of jobs) and hiccups (minuscule gains in the pay gap, lower unionisation, undervaluation of women's paid and unpaid work).
Lower paid women suffer discrimination, with ethnic and class based biases. Sole parents continue to be badly treated.
Prue Hyman argues that equality for women in the labour market is good for everyone, and that feminist economic analysis is crucial to the future of humanity and the planet. Fortunately feminism is not dead — younger women and many feminists in parts of the world worse off than ours are doing wonderful work. More on all this in her newly published book Hopes dashed? The economics of gender inequality, BWB Texts.
About the speaker
Prue Hyman is a former Associate Professor of Economics and Gender and Women’s Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Feminist economist and activist, BWB published her 1994 book Women and economics: A New Zealand feminist perspective. She has written extensively about differential economic outcomes for women and men, particularly in the labour market. She is active in the living wage and pay equity movements.