New Zealand Women Underpaid And Underrepresented

In New Zealand, there is a 11.8 per cent pay gap between women and men. Women remain under-represented in Parliament and on the boards of this country’s leading companies.

The Women of Influence programme is committed to increasing the visibility of women’s leadership, highlighting the important contribution women make in creating a bold and diverse future for New Zealand.

Below some of the Women of Influence alumni talk about discrimination, barriers females face in the workplace and why women should be recognised for their contribution.

“Women still do not have equal opportunities, and it is beholden on all of us who have succeeded to open the doors to women who are coming in. I have to say young women nowadays are amazing.”
 Fran Wilde, former Wellington mayor

“I think that sometimes we assume we are not as good as others. I really hope that more females will build that capability and belief in themselves and enhance the confidence to step up into either new roles or perhaps roles that haven’t been filled by females.”
– Frances Valintine, founder of The Mind Lab

“It was 1978-1981. It was very lonely and it was quite brutal. It was a battle every day.  I kept going because somebody had to, when you’re sitting there you can’t turn around and pass that buck. What kept me going were hundreds of women, many many that I never knew, writing letters to me. It was huge support, amazing.”

– Marilyn Waring, professor and former MP, on being the only woman in the government caucus under Muldoon’s leadership

“We will know when our workplaces have fully embraced talent when we don’t need to talk about ‘women in the workplace and business’ but we talk about how to recruit and retain the best people. We have a long way to go but there are many promising and exciting things happening in a range of organisations.”
– Jo Cribb, former chief executive at the Ministry for Women

“As an Asian and a female, I have encountered overt and subtle discrimination.  They’ve ranged from racist and sexist jokes in front of me, to having my leadership undermined and questioned by members of my team who had problems reporting to a female.  I use my judgment on whether I should call out the behaviour.”
– Althea Carbon, lawyer and social entrepreneur 

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