My Post graduate dissertation

In 2016 I completed my History Honours degree at Victoria University of Wellington. After 4 long years of hard slog while working full time, I was relieved to get it done.

My honours dissertation was a study of the Jean Parker Equal Pay case taken by the New Zealand Public Service Association in 1956. My dissertation did a comparison of this campaign in New Zealand, and similar campaigns in the UK and Australia at the same time.

Over the next few days I will post the chapters from this dissertation.

The topic of my dissertation was the following:

How did the use of litigation to push for equal pay for women in the New Zealand public service compare to contemporary campaigns in Australia and the United Kingdom in the 1950s?


Thank you to everyone who have helped and supported me in this work, and over the four years I’ve completed my honours degree.

In particular I’d like to acknowledge my late mother Stefanie Kelly, who helped me so much when I started this degree. My father Chris Kelly, who has also helped me considerably through this process. My thanks to Christine Ross and Jim McAloon who introduced me to this topic. And to all other friends and family who have put up with me while I have been studying.

A special thank you to Cybèle Locke, whose guidance always galvanised me to do better.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge all those who have fought and continue to fight for equal pay, and ending discrimination of all forms at work.


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