to the situation of the majority of women in the world, women in
Norway are in a truly privileged position. It is only for the last
30 years however, that women have become on more equal footing with
men in most areas of society.
The changes in lives of Norwegian women are partly due to changes
in attitudes, but more important are the changes in formal positions,
written down in legal documents. And a machinery to enforce it.
Equal treatment of women and men, and equal rights for both sexes,
is essential in a fully democratic society. Gender equality does
not mean that men and women must be alike. It means that the differences
between women and men should not lead to inequality in terms of
status or treatment in society.
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Women in Workforce
Today more than 70% of the female population are employed, and their
financial independence has as such improved. The participation in
the work-life is high also for those women with small children.
Women are employed in all areas of the work-force, but there are
certain areas of the working life where women either are in majority
or minority. The Norwegian working life is divided due to gender.
The jobs typically held by females are in the public sector, work
of a caring nature and teaching. In the private sector females hold
jobs in the commodity trade.
Almost half of the female work force work part time. This is mainly
due to the fact that women still have the main responsibility for
children and other household tasks. Most women therefore hold "two"
jobs, and the only way to combine them is to reduce the working
hours for one of them.
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