Women: A French Singularity
  • Roger Célestin
  • Eliane DalMolin
  • Isabelle de Courtivron


The three articles composing this debate are among a half dozen that discussed historian Mona Ozouf’s book Les mots des femmes and appeared in Le Débat of November/December 1995. In her book Ozouf posits that, historically, women’s liberation in France had enjoyed a unique cultural specificity that had been more beneficial to women than what she characterized as the aggressive “‘ différencialisme à l’américaine.” This thesis divided feminists and historians alike. Included in this issue of Le Débat were essays by Bronislaw Baczko, Elisabeth Badinter, Lynn Hunt, Michèle Perrot, and Joan Wallach Scott, as well as a response by Mona Ozouf.


Sexual Difference French Revolution French Woman Gender Feminist American Feminist 
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    On feminist sociabilities, see, for example, Christine Bard, Les filles de Marianne, Histoire des féminismes 1914–1940 (Paris: Fayard, 1995).Google Scholar
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© Roger Célestin, Eliane DalMolin, Isabelle de Courtivron 2003

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  • Roger Célestin
  • Eliane DalMolin
  • Isabelle de Courtivron

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