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    Norway Votes to Conscript Women

    First NATO country to make service mandatory for both genders.

    On Wednesday Norway voted to extend the conscription system to both men and women, becoming the first peacetime NATO country to make military service compulsory for women. The vote overwhelmingly passed in the Norwegian government, but it is not surprising in a country where women make up half of the current government and where companies are required to fill at least 40 percent of their boards with women. In terms of its military, Norway has reduced its armed forces since the Cold War, but spends heavily on technology.

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    The Female Board-Member Experiment

    Norwegian “golden skirts” weigh law’s progress, 10 years in.

    More female board members may not equal more power, women in Norway are finding out. In 2003, a law was rushed through Norway’s government that required publicly traded companies to appoint at least 40 percent female members to their boards or risk delisting from the Oslo Stock Exchange. At the time, 94 percent of board members were men. But even years after the law went into effect, Norwegian women still say they have a long way to go in terms of business equality. Women on boards, known as “the golden skirts,” have conflicting opinions about the law: Some say they've noticed a change in attitudes, while others contend it hasn't caused any “ripple effect.”