Women dominate local government jobs

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Two-thirds of high-ranking officials in Swedish municipalities are women, according to an upcoming study from the University of Gothenburg.

“If you look down the professional ladder, it is even more single-sex. There are almost only women,” Vicki Johansson, one of the researchers, told Swedish Radio. “If this trend continues, in say ten years or so, it will only be women working in local government.”

The study includes 50 municipalities across the country and is a follow-up to a survey from 1980. In the original study, only one quarter of high-ranking municipal officials were women.

The research found that the municipalities’ social departments have the largest majority of women, but the typically male-dominated technical departments have also seen an increase in the number female managers.