Anniken Huitfeldt delivers Women in Politics Lecture

Anniken Huitfeldt delivers Women in Politics Lecture

We were delighted to welcome Anniken Huitfeldt, a member of the Norwegian Labour Party, to Catz on Monday 12 May 2014. Anniken represents the Labour Party in Norway and has held a number of different senior positions within the Party including Minister of Children and Equality, Minister of Culture and, most recently, Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion. She is an alumnus of the University of Oslo and London School of Economics.

Anniken delivered an interesting and informative lecture on the topic of ‘Women in Politics’, which was followed by a lively audience discussion. She discussed the way in which Norway is considered to be one of the most gender equal countries in the world, in a large part due to certain political decisions that have been taken over the last few decades. She spoke of the positive implications that high gender equality can have on a country in economic terms. She also highlighted the evolution of men’s role in Norwegian society, in particular the Norwegian system in which parents are able to divide paid leave for staying at home with a new infant. She ended her talk by noting that, although Norway has progressed rapidly in terms of gender equality, there are still areas in which it could be improved.  

This lecture formed part of our on-going 40-year anniversary celebrations of co-education in Oxford. For more details about co-education at oxford, visit www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/coeducation2014. Our next event in these celebrations, to be held in September, will be Enterprising Women: A Panel Discussion, featuring three St Catherine’s alumnae – Harriet Sergeant (1974, English), Jane Platt (1975, Modern Languages), and Alex Polizzi (1990, English).