chapter  3
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The good-enough citizen: female citizenship and independence

The theory and practice of democratic liberalism are much criticized at present on the grounds that they exclude women from full citizenship.1 They do this in two ways: by denying women the full complement of rights and privileges accorded to men, and, more insidiously, by taking for granted a conception of citizenship which excludes all that is traditionally female. The cluster of activities, values, ways of thinking and ways of doing things which have long been associated with women are all conceived as outside the political world of citizenship and largely irrelevant to it.