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French equality law to push male parental leave, fair pay. Feminism Isn’t Over For Young People.

Feminism Isn’t Over For Young People Hartford Courant Considering that gender equality still doesn’t exist, why isn’t the women’s movement more visible and why aren’t more young people identifying as feminists? Are all the women out there OK with the status quo? I have read and heard all sorts of things …

 

In unfortunate timing for new equality rules, President François Hollande was branded “macho” for firing his female ecology minister after allowing other outspoken male colleagues to keep their posts. Photo: AFP/Getty Images.

 

France studies gender equality overhaul Telegraph.co.uk The French government today examined a sweeping gender equality overhaul, with a proposed new law on equal pay, paternity rights, domestic violence and sexism in the media.

But in unfortunate timing for the new equality rules, President François Hollande was today branded “macho” for firing his female ecology minister after allowing other outspoken male colleagues to keep their posts. In doing so he broke the cabinet’s …

French equality law to push male parental leave, fair pay Reuters Frenchmen will be encouraged to take more parental leave and state firms will have to bring more women onto their boards under plans unveiled on Wednesday that aim to improve gender equality in a country that trails its developed-world peers.

The draft law, intended to bolster women’s careers and their contribution to the economy at a time of flagging growth, will extend to France’s state firms a quota that requires women to make up 40 percent of private company boards by 2017.

“Inequalities are everywhere, so we have to fight them everywhere,” Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the minister for women’s rights in the Socialist government and architect of the bill, told Reuters before presenting the bill to the cabinet.

French women’s minister seeks equality with new law Reuters AlertNet France’s minister of women’s rights presented to the cabinet on Wednesday a draft bill to combat persistent gender inequalities at home, in the workplace and in government.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told French media existing laws took a more piecemeal approach, and this was the first time such comprehensive legislation had been put forward. The bill covers a broad range of measures, from shifting the balance of parental leave, to deterring domestic violence and increasing sanctions on companies and political parties that fail to respect legal quotas for women’s representation.

French Minister of Women’s Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem visits the family planning services in Marseille April 8, 2013. The sign reads, “Liberty, Equality, Sexuality”. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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