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Sex and the Office - a Conversation in New York

Last updated: 2/29/2012 // Is the workplace a masculine domain? And can we mandate sexual attitudes? Some of the questions that came up at our panel discussion "Sex & The Office" - Gender equality at home and at work.

NYC: Many questions, but one of the conclutions: Gender Equality makes people happy. The Norwegian Consulate in New York and the Norwegian Mission to the UN co-hosted a discussion on gender equality this Monday (February 27). 

Our dedicated and outspoken panel this eveing: Norway's Director General in the Royal Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Arni Hole, in conversation with award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee and writer and journalist Mary Elizabeth Williams.

The main topic for the evening: What are the differences and similarities between the Norwegian and the American approach to gender in the workforce? What kinds of policies help women and men balance their personal and professional responsibilities, goals and ambitions?


Ms. Arni Hole is Director General in the Royal Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion in Norway. She heads the Department of Family and Equality. Ms. Hole is widely engaged in international affairs and a popular speaker in national and international foras, especially within the field of gender equality and family and work life issues. Arni Hole is married to an economist and they have raised five children together. 

Ms. Celeste Headlee is the co-host of The Takeaway, a national morning news program co-produced by WNYC, BBC, New York Times and Public Radio International (PRI). She has over a decade of on- and off-air experience in both local and national public radio productions. Her news reports have aired on NPR, the Pacifica Network, National Native News and PRI. 

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior staff writer for and the author of "Gimme My Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream". She has written for The New York Times and The New York Observer and appeared on NPR, CNN, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC. Flavorwire has named her one of the ten most fearless women on the web. She balances work and family in New York City.

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