chapter  2
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Economic Resources and Political Access on a Domestic Level

I argue that effective democratic participation and policy reform on women’s rights is premised on relatively equal socio-economic conditions, without which it is very hard for feminists to gain social and political ground, and very easy for established powers such as the Catholic Church and their allies to maintain ground. Even though liberalization of non-economic moral issues does not threaten the economic interests of elites, inequality can in fact constitute a barrier for reform on issues like abortion and divorce through its impact on access to economic and political resources and its corrosive impact on democratic participation.