Did your wife “stop getting paid” this week?

This is an updated version of an article first published in November 2017. From Monday 28th November, the media says, working women in New Zealand are “in effect working for nothing” until the new year. For wāhine Māori and Pasifika women, it’s even worse. Now you know as well as I do that it’s not quite as simple as that. If it were, perhaps we … Continue reading Did your wife “stop getting paid” this week?

The uncomfortable truth about gender equality in leadership

I recently saw a LinkedIn post by kiwi entrepreneur Sir Ray Avery. He announced he will no longer be attending black tie events that celebrate the top 20% while there is so much still to work on for the rest of society. I get it. Last night I had the privilege of attending the Women in Governance Awards, where New Zealand Trade and Enterprise was … Continue reading The uncomfortable truth about gender equality in leadership

Infographic : Equal Pay vs. Gender Pay Gap

A few years ago I joined an organisation focused on getting a better gender balance in NZ’s leadership. There, I discovered that the gender pay gap was not the same as unequal pay for the same work. The first is common, and annoyingly legal. The latter, though still sometimes happening, is illegal (in NZ and the UK, at least). It comes down to this: there … Continue reading Infographic : Equal Pay vs. Gender Pay Gap

Gender Pay Gap vs. Equal Pay: What’s the Difference?

There’s a common misconception that ‘(un)equal pay’ and ‘the gender pay gap’ are the same thing, but they are actually quite different. Equal Pay Men and women paid the same amount for doing the same work. Good to know: A legal requirement in New Zealand since 1972. Pay Equity Men and women paid the same for doing work of equal value. Good to know: In … Continue reading Gender Pay Gap vs. Equal Pay: What’s the Difference?