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Marriage, Social discrimination, Teacher employment, Women teachers


Information Bulletin / Australian Council for Educational Research ; n.7

Digitised in 2022 from a print copy held by the ACER library


This bulletin compares investigations carried out by the International Bureau of Education (IBE) in 1932 with a subsequent consultation conducted in 1946 regarding the right for married women to teach. The IBE contacted 45 countries, 40 of whom declared that they made no distinction between married and unmarried women as to their right to teach. Of these, some had complementary remarks including different measures of maternity leave available. The remaining 5 countries, including Australia, did not sanction the employment of married women teachers. Four other countries allowed women to teach, but subject to certain restrictions, and several more, including the United States, had local restrictions in place. According to the replies received, there were very few differences between 1932 and 1946 regarding married women teachers’ employment, demonstrating that countries withholding the right to teach from married women are the exception. It can be concluded that most authorise married women to teach on the same conditions as single women, without any restrictions whatsoever.

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Camberwell, Australia

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Australia, Australia

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