An essential guide to the role of women in the political life of France under the Fifth Republic. It shows that the unique political history of France ensures that it remains an important and exceptional example of women's participation in the politics of a Western European country. Its study is essential in order to have a complete understanding of women and politics today.
This is the first English language study to capture the new enthusiasm engendered by the campaign for parity in 1992 which produced constitutional reform and a record number of deputies and ministers.

chapter |22 pages


chapter 1|27 pages

Women and the state

chapter 2|32 pages

Women and the political parties

chapter 3|30 pages

Women and the trade unions

chapter 4|20 pages

Electoral behaviour and attitudes

chapter 5|25 pages

Explaining women’s absence from politics

chapter 7|18 pages

Feminist politics

chapter 9|13 pages

Parity, democracy and citizenship