The Power of the Law

in Parité!

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226741079
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226741093 | DOI:
The Power of the Law

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The parité movement believed in the power of law to change social relationships. The paritaristes had a sophisticated conception of the way law worked to effect change. The immediate goal was to make discrimination visible. Françoise Gaspard's prediction on the eve of the passage of the constitutional revision proved right. In the short term, the law that became known as the parité law challenged, but did not overturn, men's control of political power. At the same time, it drew increased attention to discrimination against women, not only in the realm of politics. The government introduced its bill in January 2000. On the 25th, it was adopted by the National Assembly with only one opposing vote. The discussion in the assembly focused on the need to correct discrimination.

Keywords: parité; paritaristes; discrimination; Françoise Gaspard

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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