Women in France since 1789

The Meanings of Difference

  • Susan K. Foley

Part of the European Studies Series book series (EIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: The French Revolution and Gender Politics — Creating a World of Difference

  3. The Social Structures of Difference: The Nineteenth-Century Gender Order

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Susan K. Foley
      Pages 27-55
    3. Susan K. Foley
      Pages 56-79
    4. Susan K. Foley
      Pages 80-101
  4. Sex and Citizenship, 1814–1914

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Susan K. Foley
      Pages 105-128
  5. Women in the Era of the Great Wars, 1890–1944

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Susan K. Foley
      Pages 185-209
  6. Transformations and Continuities, 1945–2003

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 298-378

About this book


This compelling study traces the changes in women's lives in France from 1789 to the present. Susan K. Foley surveys the patterns of women's experiences in the socially-segregated society of the early nineteenth century, and then traces the evolution of their lifestyles to the turn of the twenty-first century, when many of the earlier social distinctions had disappeared.

Focusing on women's contested place within the political nation, Women in France since 1789 examines:

- the on-going strength of notions of sexual difference
- recurrent debates over gender
- the anxiety created by women's perceived departure from ideals of womanhood
- major controversies over matters such as reproductive rights, significant cultural changes, and women's often under-estimated political roles.

By addressing and exploring these key issues, Foley demonstrates women's efforts over two centuries to create a place in society on their own terms.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Susan K. Foley
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International RelationsVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

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