Towards gender-neutral ideals and gender equality politics

Åsa Lundqvist

in Family policy paradoxes

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424556
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302339 | DOI:
Towards gender-neutral ideals and gender equality politics

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This chapter looks at the intellectual and political debate that led to the overhaul of family policy in the late 1960s and the 1970s. A sex-role debate, a radicalisation of the equality rhetoric within the labour movement, and heightened labour-market intervention on behalf of women were some of the ingredients of the political climate of the 1960s. The end result was a gender-neutral and gender-equal family ideal, and a radical breach with the male-breadwinner ideal of the post-war period.

Keywords: family policy; sex role; labour market; male breadwinner; labour movement

Chapter.  10396 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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