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EQUAL Pay Campaign Archive

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EQUAL Pay Campaign Archive


EQUAL Pay Campaign Archive

Level of description:



2.5 metres

Former NRAM reference number:



The Archive is a collection of Public Service Association (PSA) and personal papers collated and inventoried in 1990 by consultant archivist, Diana Morrow.

Historical Notes

Though equal pay had been sought by women in the public service since 1914, the official campaign began in 1943 when a women's sub-committee of the Wellington Section of the PSA was formed. This later became known as the PSA Women's Commiittee. It was affiliated to the PSA Wellington Section Committee in an advisory capacity and undertook an active campaign for equal pay in the Public Service that culminated in the Equal Pay Act of 1960.

Scope & Contents

The records consist of minutes, correspondence files, reports, press statements, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, newsletters, notices, conference papers, submissions and circulars from the PSA and outside organisations and personal papers of members. Included are the records of the PSA Women's Committee and the Wellington Section Women's Sub-committee 1943-1959, and of Margaret Long 1956-1959, case files including the Parker case 1956-1964, and papers on the Equal Pay Bill 1960-1961. Other organisations' records include those for the Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs 1956, Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity 1956-1970, National Council of Women 1954-1959, NZ PSA Waikato Section 1954-1970, Commission of Inquiry into Equal Pay 1971-1972, NZ PSA Wellington Section Women and Childcare Sub-committee 1972-1977, Women's Rights' Committee of the House of Representatives 1974, International Women's Year 1975, and the PSA National Executive Sub-Committee on Equal Pay. Other materials include cartoons 1950 onwards, manuscripts by M.Corner, author of 'No Easy Victory', index cards for the 'Public Service journal' 1893-1895, 1914-1963, and 13 audio-tapes of interviews with members prominent in the campaign such as Margaret Long and Cath Kelly.


Dates covered:

1943 - 1985

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Inventory available

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Wellington (Region)



INTERNATIONAL Women's Year 1975

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