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Sweden’s parental leave may be generous, but it’s tying women to the home | Madelaine Gnewski10 Jul 1:00am

Sweden’s parental leave may be generous, but it’s tying women to the home | Madelaine Gnewski

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New parents are given 240 days off between them – but corporate pressure means it’s men who then return to work Born 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
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