Dutch Women Don’t Get Depressed

“Personal choice is key: in the Netherlands people are free to choose their life partners, their religion, their sexuality, we are free to use soft drugs here, we can pretty much say anything we like. The Netherlands is a very free country.” -Ellen de Bruin

So it seems this country is, actually, heaven.

“…the Dutch women…take a lackadaisical approach to their careers. They work half days, meet their friends for coffee at 2 p.m., and pity their male colleagues who are stuck in the office all day.”

That’s according to this article from Slate which GDNAL sent to me.

According to the book I stole the title of this post from,

“68 percent of Dutch women work part time, roughly 25 hours a week, and most probably do not want a full-time job.”

Multiple studies have been done on the Dutch women. The UN thought for awhile that something was preventing Dutch women from fully participating in the economy.  They investigated. The conclusion? (From the NIS News Bulletin)

“Attempts to get more women working full-time are doomed to failure because nobody has a desire for this. Both the women themselves and their partners and employers are satisfied with the Dutch part-time culture for women.”

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