Women in NZ make 14% less than men

We <3 equality.

As New Zealanders, we’re proud to be the first country in the world where women fought for and won their right to vote. We’re proud to be one of the first nations to support marriage equality.

But despite the law [1], and a lot of good intention, we’ve still got a long way to go until we reach pay equality. Women in New Zealand get 14 percent less pay than men – simply because they are women [2]. And it’s not getting any better over time.

We say enough is enough.

In the spirit of sisterhood and women’s suffrage, we are calling on New Zealand MPs, especially all women MPs, to formally take this pledge:

"I believe a person should be paid based on their skill, responsibility, effort and conditions of work. I support pay based on the job, not the gender, and will not ever support gender-based discrimination of pay."

It’s a simple concept, and it’s already written into our law. We just need our MPs to make sure equal pay actually happens

By taking the pledge publicly we can start a cross-party coalition of MPs who believe that equality is bigger than politics. MPs who are ready to stand up against gender-based discrimination of pay can work together to make equality happen.

Several MPs have already taken the politician's pledge and with your support we hope to get even more on board. 

Use the form on the right to send an email to an MP that is yet to sign the pledge.


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Send an email to a female MP who hasn't yet taken the pledge. Below is an example email you could copy and paste then send or feel free to write your own.

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Dear INSERT MP NAME HERE,

I know that you work extra hard every day as a skilled woman in a male-dominated field and I appreciate the value you bring to parliament. I want you to know that you bring value to my community too. I am a INSERT YOUR WORK HERE.

I’m writing because I believe everyone should get paid for their skills, responsibility and effort, no matter who is doing the job. New Zealand has led the world in standing up for women’s rights. But in New Zealand we continue to have a wage gap based on gender. Everyone deserves to have their work valued and to earn a fair income for themselves and their family.

I’m calling on you to make sure your community knows you support paying the job, not the gender by taking the pledge:

"I believe a person should be paid based on their skill, responsibility, effort and conditions of work. I support pay based on the job, not the gender, and will not ever support gender-based discrimination of pay."

If you want to add your name to the pledge then please email government.relations@equalpay.org.nz from your parliamentary email address as well as letting me know.

If you are not interested in taking the pledge, can you please explain why?

Thanks again

YOUR NAME


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  • commented 2016-09-14 16:11:22 +1200
    Yeh, but we give it all to Women.