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Gender equality

Kate Shepperd, on the NZ $10 note, reacting to Bill English's pay inequality efforts.

She’s got your number, 2014 by Sharon Murdoch. Ref: DCDL-0030528 Alexander Turnbull Library.

Why does gender inequality exist in Aotearoa, and what can we do to change this? This resource explores gender inequality in the workplace. (New Zealand Curriculum social studies levels 4 and 5.)

About this teaching resource

Aotearoa was the first self-governing country in the world in which women achieved the right to vote. However, over 120 years on, gender equality is still an issue.

This social inquiry teaching resource focuses on unconscious bias and the gender pay gap. Students explore how gender biases and economic decisions impact on pay and employment. They then consider the impact of these decisions on individuals and communities.

Inquiry focus

Key question: Why does gender inequality exist in Aotearoa, and how can we change this?

The social inquiry focus of this resource is exploring values, views, and perspectives.


Achievement objectives

  • Understand how formal and informal groups make decisions that impact on communities (level 4 — social studies).
  • Understand how economic decisions impact on people, communities, and nations (level 5 — social studies).

Key conceptual understandings

Gender biases influence economic decisions in ways that impact on people, communities, and our nation.

Decisions made by formal and informal groups reflect values and perspectives.

Key concepts: Impact, economic decisions.