ABSTRACT

Analysing feminist movements’ history through the capability approach remains a rather unexplored perspective. The literature involved with the capability approach and gender issues has mainly focused on the question of women and development within developing countries. Looking at gender inequality and women’s lower well-being, most authors discuss theoretical problems in evaluating women’s well-being as well as empirical results of social policies implementation (Sen 1992, Nussbaum 1998, Agarwal et al. 2003a, Robeyns 2003). Not much has been written on social movements and especially women’s mobilizations, except for some contributions on Indian women’s collectives (Nussbaum 1998). While feminist economics has been inspired by capabilities-centred writings (Agarwal et al. 2003b), the other ¿elds of feminist studies remain quite distant. The ¿elds of the capability approach and feminist history have thus grown separately.