She was elected New Zealand's youngest MP in 1975 (for the National Party) at the age of 22.
In 1976 NZ Truth outed Waring. At the time she refused to comment on the allegations.
In 1984 Waring crossed the floor of the house which resulted in the Prime Minster Robert Muldoon calling a snap election which National subsequently lost.
Waring then left Parliament and returned to academia with a strong focus on Women and the economy.
She is the author of several books such as Women, Politics and Power, If Women Counted, and Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth, which was made into a film in 1995 by the Canadian National Film Unit.
Professor Waring has held fellowships at Harvard and Rutgers Universities and has lectured in politics, public policy, and human rights at universities around New Zealand.
She has a PhD in political economy from Waikato University and was the professor of public policy at Massey University.
She is a professor at the Auckland University of Technology's Institute for Public Policy.