Thursday, September 23, 2004

Yeah, we're so great. Part 6

'For decades we've been told Sweden is a great place to be a working parent. But we've been duped':

"Working motherhood getting you down? Fed up with living in a country where you're made to feel like a bit of a slacker for getting pregnant?

Well, don't move to Sweden. The Nordic country may have been boasting for decades about its fantastic parental pay and rights packages and its nurseries on every street corner, but according to a leading academic in the field, we have all been duped. Dr Catherine Hakim, a sociologist at the London School of Economics who specialises in women's employment and women's issues, says in a book out this week that what we have been told about the Swedish experience amounts to 'true lies'. "