Mormor Diary Entry #36

Swedes are allowed to go anywhere, eat in grass at the palace lawn, see parks as they wish. The new law is that the Princess who is older than her brother will be queen. We Swedes are implementing equal rights for women!

Vivian Olson ~ June 17th

I had similar thoughts as my Grandma while visiting Sweden. It’s remarkable that citizens can visit palaces on their wedding day or can explore palace gardens with their loved ones. This is not something that happens everywhere in the world. While visiting Swedish palaces, I was amazed to see a wedding happening in the garden, families having picnics, and playing with their pets. Swedes truly have a welcoming, inclusive society.

Sweden is known for providing women with equal rights. Citizens have even elected a majority female body in their government. What makes this even more inspiring is that most Swedish citizens vote regarding what the politician stands for rather than gender. Comparing this to the USA, where traditionally, men are given these types of roles. In my view, recently there’s been a shift in electing more women in the USA. However, it’s a victory to have a woman elected, and the focus is on gender rather than what the politician believes in.

I’m proud of all my cultural identities and the ways they weave together. I am excited to dive more into my Grandma’s diary and see how our thoughts harmonize.

*Side Note: Some Swedish citizens still feel like there is work to be done within their society. That leads me to question how far behind is the USA? Are we trying to catch up to something that still has work to be done? How far behind will the USA be?*

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