The Rise of Professional Women in France: Gender and Public Administration since 1830 (Hardback)
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The Rise of Professional Women in France: Gender and Public Administration since 1830 (Hardback)

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Hardback 340 Pages / Published: 21/12/2000
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This history of professional women in positions of administrative responsibility illuminates women's changing relationship to the public sphere in France since the Revolution of 1789. Linda L. Clark traces several generations of French women in public administration, examining public policy and politics, attitudes towards gender, and women's work and education. Women's own perceptions and assessments of their positions illustrate changes in gender roles and women's relationship to the state. With seniority-based promotion, maternity leaves and the absence of the marriage bar, the situation of French women administrators invites comparison with their counterparts in other countries. Why has the profile of women's employment in France differed from that in the USA and the UK? This study gives unique insights into French social, political and cultural history, and the history of women during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will interest scholars of European history and also specialists in women's studies.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521773447
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 237 x 159 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'There is a wealth of detail about pay, conditions and work ... This valuable empirical study has a complicated story to tell, and suggestive points to make.' Sian Reynolds, French History
'This book constitutes a definitive study to which postgraduates and researchers, particularly in social and administrative history, but also with a wider interest in the development of modern France, will gratefully turn.' Modern and Contemporary France
'Uncovering in fascinating detail this largely unexplored subject ... The Rise of Professional Women in France is a cogently presented, original, and very well-researched contribution to the history of women ... it adds to and refines our understanding of the ambiguous situation of women at work, and challenges any simplistic analyses of relations between the sexes and women's fight for citizenship in France.' The Historical Journal
"Careful and lucidly presented..." Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"[Clark] has not only produced a remarkably thorough and richly detailed analysis of the administrative services and the professional women who staffed them, but in addition the chronological sweep of the book provides a rare view of the long-term evolution of women's administrative work. Effectively using personnel dossiers and interviews with women civil servants, Clark balances statistics and administrative detail with invaluable individual career histories. In short, this is an excellent case study of the relationship between women, the state, and public life that shows how the expansion of state administration created gender segregation in public sector employment over nearly 150 years." Journal of Modern History
"The author is to be congratulated on her persistence and on the valuable fruit that it has produced, which is as informative on the workings of the civil service as it is on women's political ambitions." Historian
"Staggeringly impressive...It should greatly interest readers not only as a contribution to gender studies, administrative history, and the (not always obvious) linkage between mentalites and social history but as a balanced, judicious, and well-researched contribution to general French history." American Historical Review

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