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.