• Anna M. Peterson


Current debates regarding parental leave policies revolve around the rights and duties of fathers as well as mothers both in Norway and much of Western Europe. Feminists are divided over whether reducing maternity leave in order to increase paternity leave inhibits or supports greater gender equality. This final chapter summarizes the findings of the book and offers some insights on how the historical development of Norwegian maternity policies can inform current discussions of parental leave and the rights, benefits, and limitations placed on recipients. The chapter reiterates the rhetorical and political framework that women worked to create prior to the Second World War and the ways in which this affects the current shape of maternity and parental leave policies and the discussions that surround them throughout Western Europe.

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  • Anna M. Peterson
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  1. 1.Luther CollegeDecorahUSA

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