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1950

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Equal Pay poster
Courtesy of The Australian Labour Party

The post-war period proved women were in the workforce to stay, and one of the biggest issues of the 1950s was the fight for equal pay.  In 1951 the basic wage for women was increased from 54% to 65% of the male basic wage.  Although the financial gain was welcome it meant women were still being paid much less than men for the same work.

Women's organisations actively campaigned for equal pay, establishing a national committee and formulating
an Australia-wide campaign strategy. 

 The Women's Christian Temperance Union, which had been instrumental in winning the vote half a century earlier, lent its support to the cause.

Senator Dorothy Tangney was WA's representative at the 1958 National Conference on Equal Pay in Sydney.

The decade closed with the establishment of the Combined Equal Pay Committee of Western Australia

The post-war period proved women were in the workforce to stay, and one of the biggest issues of the 1950s was the fight for equal pay.