Take a LOOK at THE NUMBERS

On paper things look okay for women in Aotearoa New Zealand with any number of laws protecting their rights. Here you'll find some of the issues women have been discussing, the mouthpieces they've used and perhaps you'll start to get a better idea of why the 2017 World Economic Forum only ranked us ninth in the world for gender equality. Be prepared to be surprised, or angry, or heartbroken.

Data is power. The power to tell stories. The power to understand the world. Access to data can tell you about your place in the world, how you measure up, what's available to you and what's happening to you. Use the Figure.NZ website and the data sentence cards provided in your kit to help you progress through these tasks.

Use the Figure.NZ data cards below to explore the statistics around women in the field of medicine.

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Task #1

Look at the Figure.NZ chart Surgeons (general) in New Zealand.

For each of the 16 regions shown, calculate the percentage of men and women who are surgeons.

 

Task #2

Using the data shown in the Figure.NZ chart Domestic students specialising in medical studies in New Zealand, calculate the total percentages of men and women enrolled as students in each age range.

Create two true statements and one false statement based on this data. Share with a partner and ask them to find the false statement.

A { 153 } B { 24 } C { 270 } D { 105 }


 
 

Women in Politics

I always used to say I don’t expect anyone, ever, to vote for me because I’m a woman. But I don’t expect them not to vote for me because I’m a woman. That’s where we’ve got to get to, where people can evaluate women as leaders because of their leadership skills.
— Rt Hon Helen Clark 2017

Use the Figure.NZ data cards below to explore the statistics relating to women in politics.

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Task #1

Look at the Figure.NZ chart Women elected at New Zealand local elections.

Create two true statements and one false statement based on this data. Share with a partner and ask them to find the false statement.

 

Task #2

Create a set of data that lists the percentage of women candidates in New Zealand mayoral elections in each of the 67 councils.

Use this data set to calculate the mean, median, mode, and range of the percentages of women candidates.

 

A { 15% } B { 34% } C { 48 } D {40%}


Women in Business

I overheard recently that there are more CEOs named John than there are women CEOs...I’m changing my name to John.
— Overheard at the Working Mother of the Year Awards 2017

Use the Figure.NZ data cards below to explore the statistics around women in business.

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Task #1

In statistics, two pieces of data that can be used to interpret data are the mean (or average) and the median.

Compare the two Figure.NZ charts Average hourly self-employment earnings in New Zealand and Median hourly self-employment earnings in New Zealand.

Discuss how these two sets of data give a very different picture of the earnings of self-employed men and women in New Zealand.

Why might there be such a difference in the figures shown between the two data sets?

Task #2

Compare the two Figure.NZ charts Average weekly self-employment earnings in New Zealand and Average hourly self-employment earnings in New Zealand.

What does this tell you about the number of hours that elf-employed men and women might be working? Why might this be?