Women in New Zealand - Statistics and Facts

As of 2018, New Zealand’s rising population was made up of over 2.48 million girls and women, overtaking the male population. Despite the increasing population, the fertility rate among women has steadily decreased over the past few years. Alongside a decreasing fertility rate, women are giving birth later. Women in New Zealand are also living longer than male New Zealanders, with a higher average life expectancy. The overall quality of life for women in New Zealand throughout recent years appears to be of a high standard, with women having displayed a general feeling of trust in public institutions. Along with this trust, they have exhibited high levels of job satisfaction.

Once below the status of that of the men, women in New Zealand possess a rich history, including a significant political involvement. This was established in 1893, being famed as the first women in the world to be able to vote in a self-governing country. Propelling the female voice further, the share of women voters in the proceeding election was higher than the share of male voters. Henceforward, women have continued to contribute to New Zealand society, notably during the first and second world wars. Throughout these periods of global strife, women assumed the roles of breadwinner during the absence of men. Women in New Zealand continued to maintain a political presence – with the election of their first female prime minister in 1997. Subsequently, there have been a further two female prime ministers elected in New Zealand.

In the age of today’s feminist movement, women in New Zealand have progressed further alongside an evolving world, displaying an increasing number of employed women. Furthermore, in recent years it appears female New Zealanders have set a new standard – marrying later in life in comparison to previous years. Although women have advanced significantly, still, there remains the question of equality in the workplace. As of 2016, on average men were earning more money per hour than women. Despite the apparent disadvantage, a high share of employed women reported their income was enough to meet their everyday needs.

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