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Conscripting Women: Gender, Solidarity and Military Service in Sweden 1965-2018

Author(s): Alma Persson, Fia Sundevall

In: Women's History Review, Vol 28, No 7, 2019, pp. 1039-1056

This article surveys Swedish debates about gender equality in the military since 1965, when military conscription of women was first proposed, up to the introduction of 'gemder neutral' conscription in 2018. Using a wide range of sources, the authors note that women were assessed against the standard set by men, but that the 'woman soldier' became a solution for staff shortages and the need for particular qualities in particular situations, especially in international missions

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