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Women in France

September 27, 2017

What is the status of women in France nowadays ?

First and foremost, let’s take a look into the past.

The fight for the women’s emancipation started at the begining of the XXth century. A major upheaval took place for women. Indeed, at that time, they were in an inferior position in the eyes of the law. Moreover they were excluded from the political life.

This is how women were viewed in the XXth century…

In 1906, women represented 38% of the active population . 30 years laters, in 1936, they were approximatly 41% of the active population.

It was finally on 21st April 1944,  that they obtained the right to vote with 51 votes in favor and 16 against at the National Assembly.

Another paramount  progress was the legalisation of abortionin France in 1979 with the famous Simon Veil and her speech.

What about now?

We could think that, with this modern society we are living in, the mentalities have evolved.

Yet, still today there is no a perfect equality between women and men. It is sadly  very visible :

3 out of 4 women earn less money than their husbands, around 42% less.

In 2010, the daily time devoted to domestic work was 2 hours for men and 3h26 for women.

Even in politics there are big gaps. The part of deputies in the National Assembly was approximatly 73.3% of men and 26.9% of women.

Moreover, in the European Union, 1 out of 20 women (15 and over) have already been raped or molested . Plus, 62 million women (still in the European Union) have been a victim of physical violences or sexual violences.

However, we have to bear in mind that there are inequalities for men too. For example, in universities, 43.2% are men and 56.8% are women.

The fight for equality is not finished yet, but there is now hope for women. So let’s fight for our rights and the most important :  Never let anybody walk all over you.

Camille M.


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