Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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Sweden’s parental leave may be generous, but it’s tying women to the home

OPINION: New parents are given 240 days off between them – but corporate pressure means it’s men who then return to work. B orn and raised in Sweden by Polish migrants, I was always taught to cherish and appreciate Sweden’s welfare system. It was something to be proud of when looking outward to the rest of the world. Just as Swedish, however, is the traditional family unit.

I grew up surrounded by families with mothers who ran the household, as if things were just meant to be that way. Television advertisements always seemed to show the working man with his supportive wife. But as I grew older I started questioning some of this: for all the glorification of the "Swedish model" , welfare didn’t amount to equality. What had long appeared to... Read More