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June 18-19 Nebraska Democrats Convention Kearney Ne

July 25-28 Democratic Convention Philadelphia Pa

Sweden: successful reconciliation of work and family life

Swedish parents are among the EU’s most successful in balancing work and family responsibilities. Female and maternal employment rates are among the highest in the EU, and child poverty is among the lowest. The country’s family policy is aimed at supporting the dual-earner family model and ensuring the same rights and obligations regarding family and work for both women and men. Generous spending on family benefits, flexible leave and working hours for parents with young children and affordable, high-quality childcare are the main factors for success. The aim of the Swedish financial family policy is to contribute to improved conditions for good living standards for all families with children, increased freedom of choice and empowerment of parents, as well as to promote equality in parenthood between women and men.

Largest proportion of working mothers in the EU

At 73.1% in 2014, the employment rate of women was close to that of men (76.5%) and well above the Lisbon target for female employment (60%). Measured at 79.2% in 2014, the employment rate of mothers of children under six is the third highest in the EU. At the same time, at 1.89 children per woman in 2013, the fertility rate is relatively high compared with other EU countries.

A high proportion of women use flexible working arrangements. Female and male part-time employment rates stand at 38.3% and 15.1% respectively, compared to the EU averages of 32.8% for women and 9.9% for men. Women work on average five hours per week less than men, a smaller difference than elsewhere in the EU. At 15.2% in 2013, the gender pay gap  in Sweden is lower than the EU average of 16.3%.  More...




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Attacking the cities

by Tom Sullivan

Image National Conference of State Legislatures

While North Carolina's HB2 anti-LGBT bill has received lots of press attention, it is simply the latest attack by Republican-led state legislatures against cities filled with large blocks of blue voters, the next phase of the Defund the Left strategy. Like Michigan's 2015 "Death Star" preemption bill (HB 4052) which, as introduced, overrode "all local ordinances governing employers’ relationships with their employees," but also "any local ordinance that controls minimum wage, benefits, sick leave, union organizing and strikes, wage disputes" and more, North Carolina's HB2 is its kin. PR Watch looked at the trend back in February:   More...


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