Category Archives: Employment

“Join us in a Victory Job”

This work is typical of the recruitment posters aimed at women during the Second World War. It draws on elements of popular visual culture to counter the perception of only a few years before that it was inappropriate for women … Continue reading

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The Australian Women’s Land Army (AWLA) established

The Australian Women’s Land Army (AWLA) was established in 1942 to attract women to replace male farm labourers otherwise engaged in the war effort.

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Minimum wage for women’s work set at 54 per cent of the male rate.

A minimum wage for women’s work was set by Mr Justice Higgins as part of the 1919 Clothing’s Trades Case – the first Commonwealth Arbitration case to set the minimum wage for women. The minimum wage for women then commonly … Continue reading

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Women must resign from working in the public service upon marriage

The Public Service Act 1902 explicitly required women to resign upon marriage, but allowed for equal pay. Shortly after Federation, the open competitive examinations leading to appointment directly into clerical and administrative positions in the Australian Public Service were closed … Continue reading

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