Lena Wängnerud: “Women in politics tend to prioritize issues that are more important to women voters”

One hundred years after Swedish women won the right to vote, the country that invented “feminist foreign policy” finally got its first female prime minister. Why did it take so long? It’s not just because of old power structures, says Lena Wängnerud, an expert on women’s representation in politics.

It’s also a matter of naivety: “We tend to think that Sweden is much more equal between the sexes than it actually is.” In our new Debates Digital talk, she talks to Carl Henrik Fredriksson about gender politics and the mess in Sweden’s parliament ahead of this year’s election.

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