This book, which brings the story of parity democracy in France to an
English-speaking audience, is essential reading for students and
scholars of electoral democracy, as well as policy makers working to
improve the position of women in public life.
Jocelyne Praud teaches in the Departments of Political Science at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Island University. Sandrine Dauphin is a researcher affiliated with the Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris, a research laboratory of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique.
Introduction 1 French Women's Struggle for Political Rights and Parity Part 1: Interviews with Parity Advocates and Critics 2 Women's New Cause: Gisele Halimi 3 Equality in Difference: Monique Dental 4 Equality in the Political Sphere: Sylvie Ulrich 5 Favouring Equality of Opportunity in Politics: Michele Alliot-Marie 6 A Voluntarist Measure to Achieve Equality: Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin 7 An Extraordinay Measure to Overcome Men's Extraordinary Resistance: Yvette Roudy 8 A Tool for Equality: Genevieve Fraisse 9 Affirmative Action Rather than Parity: Christine Delphy 10 Institutionalizing the Division of the Sexes: Eleni Varikas Part 2: Founding Documents on Gender Parity in Politics 11 Declaration of Athens, 3 November 1992 12 Manifesto of the 577 for Parity Democracy, 10 November 1993 13 Decree No. 95-1114 on the Creation of an Observatoire de la Parite entre les Femmes et les Hommes, 18 October 1995 14 Charter of Rome, 18 May 1996 15 Manifesto of the Ten for Parity, 6 June 1996 16 Constitutional Law No. 99-569 on Equality between Women and Men, 8 July 1999 17 Law No. 2000-493 to Favour Women's and Men's Equal Access to Elected Office, 6 June 2000 18 Constitutional Law No. 2008-724 on the Modernization of the Institutions of the Fifth Republic, 23 July 2008 Conclusion Appendix 1: Chronology on French Women's Struggle for Political Rights Appendix 2: Interview Guide Notes Bibliography Index