Equality between women and men on paternity leave

Emilie Maria Burlund Andersen, Aqsa Ikram & Kanwal Nawaz

Student thesis: Basic Project


This project investigates whether or not parental leave can promote gender equality. Furthermore, does it examine the reserved parental leave and whether or not it has a positive influence on gender equality. This seeks to be answered with sociological theories and the political aspect is represented by laws and statements from politicians whom address their opinion on the topic. The project uses an interview with an expert in parental leave, gender and equality which helps to give the project expert knowledge on the topic.

Sociologist, Judith Butler, has problematized the traditional divided gender, and addresses the topic of categorization of men and women. Butler seeks to address the traditional view on the masculine and feminine gender as considered to be an assumption for the biological gender which is tackled in her theoretical chapter. Furthermore, does sociologist, Raewyn W. Connell, whose topic on the concept of masculinity seek to answer the background of the man’s masculinity in the parental leave.

The analysis incorporates the theories by Butler and Connell, our expert interview as well as the statements from politicians. These help analyse the different opinions on the topics, and help lead towards a discussion.

The purpose of this study is to uncover how gender is understood in different ways in connection with parental leave, and how reserved parental leave influences a gender equality.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Program in Social Science, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date19 Dec 2017
Number of pages56
SupervisorsPeter Mølgaard Nielsen