This recent article from The New America Foundation focuses on the success, or lack thereof, of Norwegian women in executive positions. According to the article, logic would serve that Norwegian women would excel in business as they "enjoy the best standard of living in the world." However, I would argue such logic employs several false assumptions. First, standard of living does not necessarily equate to educational attainment. Secondly, she notes that "women are striving for perfection instead of success..." I am not exactly sure what the author means by this, but it seems she is referring to work-life balance. What I can agree on with the author and I believe feeds into the final conclusion is that the glass ceiling is still firmly in place, as demonstrated by the fact that "...Norwegian women make up three percent of top business leaders."
According to UN Reports, Norwegian women enjoy the best standard of living in the world, with free education, one year of paid maternity leave, paternity leave, state-funded nurseries for all families, and affordable child care. But all that perfection hasn’t managed to dissolve a sticky cultural roadblock that derails women around the world. You see, even with a plethora of policies aimed at supporting women and families at home and work, Norwegian women only make up three percent of top business leaders.