Swedish Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

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GIRLS ON TOP: Schyman's party will push women's issues up the political agenda

Sweden ranks no. 2 in the world — after Norway — in terms of gender empowerment, according to the U.N. Development Program's 2004 report. Swedish women earn more money and hold more high-level political offices than their counterparts abroad. Child care is provided by the state, and although the Prime Minister, Goran Persson, is a man, he is also a "declared feminist." So what is Sweden's new political party, Feminist Initiative (FI), fighting for? "We have systematic wage discrimination, a growing problem with violence against women, and images of women as sexual objects confront us every day," party leader Gudrun...

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