Feminist Party Sweeping Through Swedish Politics

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As a new feminist party, Feminist Initiativ, emerges in Swedish politics “out with the racists, in with the feminists!” is the slogan leading their political battle. The party’s founder, Gudrun Schyman, has been a politician for over 30 years (prior to which she was a social worker). The new feminist party was almost elected into Swedish Parliament, but fell short of the 4% needed. 

The party is trying to present a platform of non-discrimination along not only gender lines but also race, disability and sexual orientation. While Sweden is typically thought of having relatively progressive politics, there is still a blatant gender gap.

Men routinely still earn higher wages while performing the same jobs as women, and sexual violence is still rampant. According to the guardian “The fact that Sweden is “better” than other countries when it comes to gender politics is not to say that equality has actually been achieved.” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/12/sweden-election-political-party-feminist-initiative

It is one thing to have a political system with legislation and policies that encourage equality non-discrimination, but it is another thing entirely to execute it.

I don’t believe that there can be any real change regarding sexism in politics, or in our daily lives for that matter, if the mindset behind it is not changed first. Legislation and political developments is certainly a start, but the way people think is what needs to be revolutionized to create lasting change.

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