Women in New Zealand

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Women in New Zealand
Maori woman Picturesque New Zealand, 1913.jpg
A Maori woman from New Zealand, 1913.
Global Gender Gap Index[1]
Value 0.7799 (2013)
Rank 7th out of 136

Women in New Zealand are the women who live in or are from the multi-cultural society of New Zealand. The first female settlers in New Zealand were not from Europe. They were from the Māori people.[2] The person credited to be the first white-skinned European woman to settle in New Zealand was Charlotte Badger (she later had a daughter known as Catherine).[3] Today, women in New Zealand, which may also be called Kiwi women, have descended from European, Asian and Pacific Islander stock. The women of New Zealand have the same level of equality with men, and are conferred the same level of respect as well.[2]


It is traditional not to ask women of New Zealand about their age, particularly those who are from older generation.[2]


Early university graduates were Emily Siedeberg (doctor, graduated 1895) and Ethel Benjamin (lawyer, graduated 1897). The Female Law Practitioners Act was passed in 1896 and Benjamin was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1897.

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