Hopes Dashed?

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Book 53
Bridget Williams Books
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‘What has happened to New Zealand women’s economic and social status over the last twenty years?’

In 1994 economist Prue Hyman published Women and Economics, an overview of the status of women in the New Zealand economy. Much has changed since then – but how much? Has the promise of equality been fulfilled in the labour market? Is unpaid domestic work being given the recognition it deserves? In this BWB Text, Hyman surveys the mixed record of the past two decades, revealing that the work of feminism is not over yet.
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About the author

Prue Hyman is a former Associate Professor of Economics and Gender and Women’s Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Mar 8, 2017
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Pages
152
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ISBN
9780994135476
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Women in Business
Political Science / World / Australian & Oceanian
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This content is DRM protected.
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