Essay on The Changing Roles of Women in Sweden

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The Changing Roles Of Women Of Sweden Introduction Sweden has developed a modern industrial culture based on natural resources, technical skills, and a sense of quality. Along with this modern culture, the roles of Swedish women have changed drastically in the last 100 years. The degree to which and the speed with which changes have occurred, however, are somewhat more difficult to evaluate. In this paper, I will present some data related to gender roles in the family. I will also include some examples of child rearing, division of labor between the spouses and gender roles in relation to cohabitation and marriage. This data will allude to evidence of changes in female employment rates and fertility rates as well as some important…show more content…
As time went on, this practice of cohabitation became less popluar, perhaps due to a moralistic backlash. It did not become co! mmon again until the 1960s, no doubt influenced by the free-love and anti-war movements in the US. When informal cohabitation suddenly started to grow again in popularity, it received almost no public attention initially. When marriage rates fell dramatically, it became clear that the number of marriages was no longer a reliable measure of family formation. Consensual unions were recognized in the 1975 census. Nevertheless, it came as a real surprise when the 1981 Swedish Fertility Survey revealed that as many as every third Swedish woman born in the period 1936-1940 had started her first union without marriage (Hoem 44). The survey also showed that these cohabitants, who most often came from the working class, married soon afterwards, and that durable consensual unions were relatively rare. In subsequent groups, non-marital unions progressively became even more common and such unions stayed intact for increasingly longer periods of time. A modern consensual union does not necessarily have all the characteristics of a legally sanctioned marriage. The behavior of cohabitants is sufficiently different from that of married people to merit regarding consensual union as a separate civil status, in particular because people live in such unions for relatively long periods of their lives. Childbearing behavior in consensual unions most
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