They used to work in the financial services industry in London, but left their career and became fulltime mothers in Norway. Not because they need to look after house and husband, but in order to spend time with the children.
The modern man is a dad with a capital D, and he doesn’t mind cleaning the house every once in a while. But it is not his responsibility that mum has to work part time in order to make family life work.
The Norwegian birth rate is higher than in the rest of Europe not only because they put their faith in the welfare state. They can’t imagine a good life without children.
In order to manage a full time job it is necessary for women to have short distances between home, work, kindergarten and the supermarket.
The old measures cannot take us all the way. The key to economic gender equality is the father, claims economist Hilde Bojer.