chapter  3
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The invisible child? The struggle for a Social Democratic family policy in Sweden, 1900-1960s

In 1900 a new labour protection law was passed in Sweden. One of the clauses concerned women who had recently given birth to a child. It constituted the first step in the introduction of family policies into Swedish law. According to this clause' A woman who has given birth to a child shall not undertake any industrial work during the four weeks following the child's birth unless a doctor testifies that she can resume work earlier without damage to her health' .1