Do women and men have the same
In France, the answer
is yes! Because, nowadays, the law gives women the same rights as men.
In school, girls have
the same curriculum as boys and are free to choose the studies and the job they
Later on, when they start
work, men and women have the same pay for the same job.
In their personal life,
men and women have the same rights as regards marriage and their children’s
They have the same
opportunities to be elected to important jobs such as mayor or President of the
So, why do people talk about
Equality between women
and men is the result of a long struggle. Laws have improved the situation but
serious inequality still exists.
At school, girls find it hard to go
on to engineering studies and very well paid jobs.
In their daily lives, women are more
subject to violence.
paid a quarter less salary per month and rarely have positions of
At home, they spend twice as much
time looking after children and doing housework.
In the French parliament, there are 228 women members
of Parliament. It’s a record, but they are still a minority.
There is still a lot of progress to
be made before mentalities change and equality is reached.