Family Policy and Women’s Citizenship in Mitterrand’s France
GB : Oxford University Press
244 - 269 p.
The relationship between an equal citizenship for women and the social policy of welfare states has always been complicated. Are women to be mothers for the nation or individuals with equal rights and duties before the law and in practice? Will social policy facilitate women's access to the two dimensions of the welfare state so central to achieving autonomy: paid work and the capacity to form and maintain an autonomous household?1 Or will social policy reinforce women's dependency and unequal gender power? More generally, what economic and political factors and conditions are likely to produce choices among these alternatives that will generate an egalitarian citizenship? (...).