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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Liberte, parite, egalite!... Et realite: Gender Parity in French Politics and Its Repercussions in Europe

In the early nineties, a broad-based social movement in France brought the problem of the under-representation of women in the political realm to the forefront of public discourse, a movement known as parité. Resulting first in a constitutional amendment and enacted as law in 2000, this measure would compensate for centuries of unequal representation of women by forcing political parties to endorse an equal number of men and women candidates for municipal, legislative and European elections. This paper examines the concept of parité by analyzing its foundations, the constitutional amendment, its criticism, statistics of election results before and after the enactment of the law, and its repercussion in the European political arena. The ultimate objective of the paper is to critically assess the efficiency and the necessity of the law by drawing information from several relevant print and online sources.

Presenters: Jaclyn Anderson (Undergraduate Student)
Ines Nam (Undergraduate Student)
Gloria Rohwer (Undergraduate Student)
Megan Whalon (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: French
Location: 101 Edwards
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)