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Sweden: Are Women Living the Dream?

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 17 May 2012

Sweden is a country that's rated top for gender equality, while its furniture finds space in our homes and our TV schedules make space for the latest Scandi-crime series,The Bridge. But what is life like for women in a country where shared parenting in the norm and childcare is unquestioningly subsidised by the state? Jenni Murray travels to the capital Stockholm to find out whether the egalitarian dream is all it's cracked up to be.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts.

Chapters

6 items
  • Parenting

    How equally do Swedish parents share the burden of parenting? Melanie Abbott joins us live from the Junibacken Museum in Stockholm where she has met a number of families.

  • Childcare

    Jenni discusses Sweden, the land of equality – shared parenting and subsidised childcare with British journalist Christine Demsteader, Writer Eva Cooper, and Author and Journalist, Maria Sveland.

  • Nursery System

    Melanie Abbott reports from a pre-school in Sundbyberg, Stockholm and observes a typical day for a Swedish child in pre-school and discusses the detailed curriculum they follow.

  • Sweden: The Egalitarian Dream

    Jenni is joined by Professor Drude Dahlerup and Inger Arnander, Senior Political correspondent; Radio Sweden to talk about why Britain look to Sweden as a place where equal rights have been enshrined.

  • New Sweden: Social Policy Panacea

    Why is Sweden the go-to destination for British politicians? Jenni is joined by Writer Eva Cooper, Inger Arnander Senior Political correspondent; Radio Sweden and Professor Drude Dahlerup.

  • Culture

    What is the attraction of Swedish culture, and what does it really say about the country that has produced it? Jenni speaks to Writer Eva Cooper and Journalist and Author Maria Sveland.

  • Guests

    In a Special edition of Woman’s Hour live from Sweden, Jenni Murray is joined by: Maria Sveland, journalist and author of Bitter Bitch; Eva Cooper, writer and social commentator from the centre right think tank TIMBRO; British journalist Christine Demsteader; Inger Arenander, Political Correspondent at Radio Sweden; and by Professor Drude Dahlerup, Professor of Politics at the University of Stockholm.

  • Parenting

    How equally do Swedish parents share the burden of parenting? Melanie Abbott joins us live from the Junibacken Museum in Stockholm where she has met a number of families.

  • Families

    Sweden, the land of equality – shared parenting, flexible working and subsidised childcare. So have Swedish feminists succeeded in making the personal political? How do Swedish families manage decisions about childcare that so often see women fall behind men in the labour market? Jenni speaks to Christine Demsteader and Eva Cooper.

  • Childcare

    Childcare attracts huge subsidies, and as we’ve just heard is available to parents at a cost of around £120 per month. Since the 1970s pre-school education has allowed tens of thousands of women to return to work. They attract highly qualified staff and more parents use them. So is it just about extensive financial support, or has there been a bigger cultural shift in social attitudes?

  • Sweden: The Egalitarian Dream

    Sweden is the country where we've been told women can have it all with the support of their feminist partners and a generous state. In Britain we look to Sweden as a place where equal rights have been enshrined, and Sweden came out top in last year’s UN survey of gender equality. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? Jenni speaks to Inger Arenander and Drude Dahlerup.

  • New Sweden: Social Policy Panacea

    How do they do it in Sweden? It was once the final question, an aside gesturing to the blue sky thinking of more egalitarian North Europeans. But the question now seems to be the default setting for policy makers on all points of the political spectrum. Why is Sweden the go-to destination for British politicians? Jenni speaks to Eva Cooper, Inger Arenander, and Professor Drude Dahlerup.

  • Culture

    We British, it seems, can’t get enough of Scandinavian culture. Our lives are filled with Swedish offerings, from the furniture of design giant Ikea to subtitled TV exports, including The Bridge and Henning Mankell’s police detective Wallander, and the novels of Steig Larsson. What is the attraction of Swedish culture, and what does it really say about the country that has produced it? Jenni speaks to Eva Cooper, Maria Sveland, and Christine Demsteader.

  • Jenni Murray in Stockholm

    Jenni Murray in Stockholm

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