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Balancing Family and Political Career

  • Jane S. Jensen
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Abstract

Gro Brundtland of Norway expressed the challenge facing a married woman who wishes to pursue a career in politics when she said that “there simply isn’t time to be a mother, a wife, and a politician at the same time.” Noting that “there are not so many women who can put everything into politics,” she said that she had “been very lucky. My husband has taken care of everything in the home. By and large, I haven’t had to do a thing.”1

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Prime Minister Presidential Election Political Office Young Couple Balance Family 
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