Femme fatale – French women await true equality

November 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

A very interesting video report from the New York Times looks at the role of women in the country in the 21st century, and says that despite many women’s empowerment French women are still awaiting true equality. Although French woman have a lot of legislation ensuring their equality, and a package of benefits for working mothers that would make families around the world green with envy, there is still patches of deep inequality.

Politics is one – only 20% of the National Assembly are women, despite laws which are designed to penalise parties which fail to balance equally male and female member. Business is another – women are paid 26% less than men, and only 15% of top compnay board room seats are held by women.

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