Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women's Equal Citizenship by Linda C. McClain, Joanna L. Grossman

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Citizenship is the typical language for expressing aspirations to democratic and egalitarian beliefs of inclusion, participation, and civic club. even if, there remains to be an important hole among formal commitments to gender equality and equivalent citizenship - within the legislation and constitutions of many nations, in addition to in foreign human rights records - and the truth of women's lives. This quantity offers a set of unique works that research this persisting inequality during the lens of citizenship. exotic students in legislation, political technological know-how, and women's reports examine the numerous dimensions of women's equivalent citizenship, together with constitutional citizenship, democratic citizenship, social citizenship, sexual and reproductive citizenship, and international citizenship. Gender Equality takes inventory of the development towards - and final impediments to - securing equivalent citizenship for girls, develops concepts for pursuing that target, and identifies new questions that might form extra inquiries.

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My answer here is not very original because a host of feminist scholars, including Catharine MacKinnon, Martha Fineman, Iris Young, and many others, have ably identified the pertinent considerations over several decades, although their analyses, of course, vary in important ways. As I see it, the difficulties of the approach to gender equal protection adopted by most Justices of the Supreme Court are well exemplified in Justice O’Connor’s generally compelling dissent in Nguyen. ”39 Even those Justices most concerned with achieving equality of constitutional citizenship for women and men become vigilant chiefly when laws explicitly distinguish between the sexes, not when formally neutral laws affect women and men very differently.

Grossman and Linda C. McClain 18 Sexual and Reproductive Citizenship The category of sexual and reproductive citizenship is not in Marshall’s typology, but invites examination of how matters of sexuality and reproduction bear on citizenship. Assertions that government has a vital interest in strong families and debates over marriage (particularly, same-sex marriage) and sex education have brought to the fore the more general question of government’s interest in regulating sexuality and reproduction and the social institution of the family.

The many local, national, and international contexts examined in the volume’s contributions offer readers instructive guidance about obstacles to equal citizenship and strategies for securing it. Constitutional Citizenship By the term constitutional citizenship, which includes some of what Marshall spoke of both as “civil” and “political” rights, we attend to the role that constitutions play in fostering women’s equal citizenship and forbidding discrimination based on sex. 69 Our contributors address a host of significant questions.

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