Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

The transition to parenthood in different-sex and female same-sex couples in Sweden. Identity formation, gender and the division of paid and unpaid work

Lecture by Professor Marie Evertsson (Stockholm University, Sweden)

15Feb2019 15:30 - 17:00


Same-sex couples are, so far, largely missing in research on the transition to parenthood.

In this talk, I discuss and analyse identity formation and the relative importance of gender for the division of care and career outcomes among birth mothers, social mothers and fathers. Based on large-scale, population register data, income trajectories after the birth of a child are compared for different-sex and female same-sex couples, controlling for pre-birth income, education and age. Findings show that female same-sex couples share the parental leave more equally, are less likely to specialize and experience a much smaller within-couple income gap before as well as after the birth than different-sex couples do. Next steps include expanding the scope to an international context (i.e. the Netherlands, the Nordic countries and the US) and complement the quantitative studies with in-depth interviews with couples transitioning to parenthood in Sweden and the Netherlands.

About the lecturer

Marie Evertsson is Professor of Sociology in Social Policy at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University. She is affiliated with the Stockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE). Evertsson’s research focuses on gender (in)equalities in the home and in the labour market from an internationally comparative and social policy perspective.  She is coordinating the ERC project GENPARENT; Revealing Sources of Gendered Parenthood. A multi-method, comparative study of the transition to parenthood in same-sex and different-sex couples (ERC CoG #771770). Recent publications include Evertsson & Boye, European Sociological Review (2018), DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcy027.


The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.

Room: A2.10

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