Hopes Dashed?

Hopes Dashed?

The Economics of Gender Inequality

‘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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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Mar 2017
Pages: 152
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780994135469
DOI: 10.7810/9780994135469

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'BBC faces backlash for white, male top earners', Anna Bracewell-Worrall, Newshub, 20 July 2017.

'The Gender Pay Gap Debate Again!', Radio Live, 20 July 2017.

'It's About You: A review of Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality', Lynn Davidson, Pantograph Punch, 1 May 2015.

'The NZ Wage Gap is Bigger Now Than 5 Years Ago. Here's Why', Tess McClure, VICE, 29 May 2017.

'Q&A: Prue Hyman on 'Hopes Dashed?'', Alison McCulloch, Scoop Review of Books, 24 March 2017.

'Book Critic: Steph Soper', with Jessie Mulligan, RNZ, 14 March 2017.

'Political Roundup: The state of feminism in 2017', Bryce Edwards, NZ Herald, 9 march 2017.

'Government Should Focus on Caring Work Like they Focus on Cows', Jess Berentson-Shaw, Morgan Foundation Blog, 9 March 2017.

'Mothers' contribution to the economy ignored, feminist economist says', Madison Reidy, Stuff.co.nz, 8 March 2017.

'Book published todya about the gender pay gap in New Zealand', Scoop, 8 March 2017.

'Hopes Dashed?', Beattie's Book Blog, 8 March 2017.

'New book explores the economics of gender inequality in NZ', Scoop, 3 March 2017.

'Still fighting for equal pay', Prue Hyman interview with Wallace Chapman, Radio New Zealand, 12 February 2017.


"I couldn't put it down...I was sneakily reading some at work today." 'Book Critic: Steph Soper', with Jessie Mulligan, RNZ, 14 March 2017