This study is divided into several parts, the first of which deals with the successes and weaknesses of the French women's movement. The second part will focus on the progress and shortcomings of governmental policies which concern women's rights. This will be followed by an analysis of women's participation in national government. Finally I will show that, overall, the advances in women's rights in France since the 1960s outweigh the setbacks. If we consider their achievements within their cultural context, French women have been successful in overcoming enormous social, legal and political obstacles


French and Francophone Language and Literature