Lena Martinsson, Gabriele Griffin, Katarina Giritli Nygren
Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used
to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to
empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity
of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.
/…/. When we reject the single story, when we realize that
there is never a single story about any place, we regain a
kind of paradise. (Adichie, 2009)
In her lecture ‘The danger of a single story’, author Chimamanda
In this chapter, we will look in more detail at the Universal Model and Partnership Model of providing childcare. We will seek to answer three main questions:
1. What is it about these models of childcare that leads to better genderequality?
a) How do the different elements work?
b) What are the ideas, institutions and actors that make it work?
c) What could make these models of childcare not work to improve genderequality?
2. What aspects of these models of childcare could be transferred to other national contexts?
EPDF and EPUB available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Drawing on comparative research from five countries, What Works in Improving Gender Equality provides an accessible analysis of what gender equality means and how we can achieve it by adapting best practices in care policies from other countries.
Realistic policy solutions are reached by examining the contexts in which childcare and longterm care policies are developed, and what difficulties might need to be overcome in applying the lessons from different international models.
Gender equality is often seen as a hallmark of the Nordic countries. This book explores this notion by examining the meanings of gender that underpin policies in the Scandinavian welfare states, historically and today.
The book focuses on three Scandinavian countries - Denmark, Norway and Sweden - and explores the policy reforms that have occurred relating to family and care. Beginning with the radical marriage reform carried through in all the three countries in the early decades of the 20th century, the book progresses to explore contemporary challenges to the traditional model of equality, including equal rights for fathers, multiculturalism and a critical young generation. The book focuses on differences as well as similarities between the countries and discusses the relevance of talking about a Nordic model.
Stressing the importance of viewing the concept of equality in its historical context, the book critically investigates and discusses the Scandinavian ‘success story’ portrayed in normative political theory and presents an historical analysis of the development of gendered citizenship rights.
It will be a valuable collection for researchers, lecturers and graduate students who work with historical and contemporary studies on welfare state and gender models from different disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.
Katarina Giritli Nygren, Siv Fahlgren, Anders Johansson
This chapter explores the ways in which discourses of genderequality
have become intertwined with neoliberal discourses and policies in
Sweden today and thus (re)assembled and (re)interpreted in different
ways, and what this does to feminist theory. The Nordic countries
in general have an enviable reputation for genderequality politics
and practices, and an important aspect of the national self-image of
A Nordic model of genderequality?
Kari Melby, Anna-Birte Ravn and Christina Carlsson Wetterberg
The challenges of today
The overall objective of this book is to analyse the meanings of gender that
underpin policies for the achievement of genderequality in the Scandinavian
welfare states, ie Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The book focuses on similarities
as well as differences between the countries and discusses the relevance of talking
about a Nordic model. Different meanings of genderequality and the relationship
between discourse and
In this chapter, we will look in more detail at the Universal and Partnership Models of providing long-term care. We will seek to answer three main questions:
1. What is it about these models of long-term care policy that leads to better genderequality?
a. How do the different elements work?
b. What are the ideas, institutions, and actors that make it work?
c. What could make these models not work to improve genderequality?
2. What aspects of these models could be transferred to other national contexts?
a. What do we know
Genderequality in the wider Europe
Genderequality in the
The recent accessions to the European Union brings new questions
about the aspirations of mothers in the new CEE member states. Will
there be support in Europe for their social agenda, for more collective
responsibility for children? Will women’s employment be supported
in quality as well as quantity? Will there be support for genderequality
in households and policies to allow work–life balance for both men
and women? What are the implications of European Union