Last year, Sweden was ranked the best place in the world for women in a survey published on International Women's Day. The US News & World Reports Best Countries survey spoke to 9,000 individuals and put Sweden top in the Best Countries for Women. These results aren't a big surprise because Sweden really is one of the world's highest ranking countries for gender equality. In fact, gender equality is considered to be one of the cornerstones of Swedish society and one of the reasons why they're considered to be top of this game is because they have been consistently working on ensuring that everyone enjoys the ame opportunities, rights and obligations in all areas of life since 1972.
Here are seven reasons why we think the Swedes are leading the way
Thanks to Sweden's constant work and progressive culture, nearly 80 percent of Swedish mothers are in the workforce.
Swedish women make up 45 percent of Sweden's parliament.
Apart from launching a series of initiatives and support schemes for women, the Swedes don't only focus on females. They believe that absolutely everyone, has the right to work and support themselves, to balance career and family life and to live without the fear of abuse.
Sweden goes the extra mile in supporting and nurturing every mother – providing her with excellent medical care, adequate maternity break and financial support.
According to a recent study by British tech site Expert Market based on Eurostat and OECD data Swedish women are poised to close their country's gender pay gap first.
90% of Wikipedia contributors are men and the site has four times more articles about men than women. On the International Women's Day, Swedish Embassies around the World will host events to get more content from women!
'Use it or Lose it' - Sweden famously offers 480 days of parental leave per child which can be shared out between mums and dads as they see fit, but with each parent entitled to at least three months on a use-it-or-lose-it basis. While women still claim the lion's share of the leave compared to men, the gap is slowing closing.
Are the Swedes taking it a tad too far?
Could the Swedes possible be taking it too far? Listen to this.
Some Swedish movie theatres have introduced a gender rating for films, called the Bechdel test. (To pass, a movie needs to have at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.)
Gender-neutral toy catalogues show boys playing with dolls and girls playing with water guns.
Virginija Langbakk - Director of the European Institute of Gender Equality says "Equality is not about making women more like men, but about creating an environment where both sexes can have equal choices'
That's exactly the answer we were looking for.
Message from our Founder
'Celebrating Women's Day is a great idea if we can take advantage of the momentum created and design an action plan with accountable goals which will help us live to the day when we won't feel the need to celebrate women's day because equal rights will be ingrained in who we are and what our society stands for. Until then, let's take Sweden's lead because they're clearly on the perfect path to gender equality success' - Katja Dingli Bennetti.
What do you think?
How can we make 2018 memorable for working women in our country and all over the world? What can we do to leave our mark and truly inspire and empower women to take the plunge, gain the confidence to boldly position themselves as the perfect candidates for management positions? What can companies do? Is the government doing enough? Give it to us straight. Tell us what you think. We'd love to share your thoughts, recommendations, goals and ideas. Drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get this conversation started. Until then, Happy Women's Day everyone.