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Warner, Judith
March 2001
New Republic;03/26/2001, Vol. 224 Issue 13, p16
Considers issues related to the parity law, which requires political parties to field equal numbers of male and female candidates in France. Popularity of the measure, as a way to increase women's participation in politics; Views of Francoise Gaspard, former mayor of the French city of Dreux on the matter; The pro-parity book "Sexual Politics," by philosopher Sylviane Agacinski, wife of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin; Agacinski's emphasis on the essential differences between the sexes; The parity movement's lack of emphasis on practical factors, such as child-care, which keep women out of politics.


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