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Do attitudes toward gender equality really differ between Norway and Sweden?

Do attitudes toward gender equality really differ between Norway and Sweden? Using survey data from Norway and Sweden, we assess people’s attitudes toward gender equality. Previous studies argue that these attitudes are more egalitarian in Sweden than in Norway. Similar to previous research, we find that Swedes are more positive towards gender equality in general. However, we find no differences regarding views on egalitarian sharing of household responsibilities, and Norwegians are actually more supportive of government intervention to increase gender equality. This suggests that the lower support for gender equality in Norway is not as clear-cut as previously thought and that active state intervention to improve gender equality may be even more feasible in Norway than in Sweden. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of European Social Policy SAGE

Do attitudes toward gender equality really differ between Norway and Sweden?

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s), 2010.
ISSN
0958-9287
eISSN
1461-7269
DOI
10.1177/0958928709358790
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Abstract

Using survey data from Norway and Sweden, we assess people’s attitudes toward gender equality. Previous studies argue that these attitudes are more egalitarian in Sweden than in Norway. Similar to previous research, we find that Swedes are more positive towards gender equality in general. However, we find no differences regarding views on egalitarian sharing of household responsibilities, and Norwegians are actually more supportive of government intervention to increase gender equality. This suggests that the lower support for gender equality in Norway is not as clear-cut as previously thought and that active state intervention to improve gender equality may be even more feasible in Norway than in Sweden.

Journal

Journal of European Social PolicySAGE

Published: May 1, 2010

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