Entre principes et pragmatisme : députés et sénateurs dans les premiers débats sur le suffrage des femmes en France (1919-1922)

Abstract : The failure of the project to grant women the vote in the Senate in 1922 should not obscure the success it initially encountered in the Chamber of Deputies in 1919. Nevertheless, despite the different results, the same « sexualist » rhetoric was at work in both houses : a vision of women as a class whose political behavior would be distinct from men's. Both institutional and contextual reasons explain why the two legislative bodies, both with similar political compositions, reached opposite decisions only three years apart. Examining this debate on women's suffrage nuances the history of peculiarly French resistance to feminism. It also shows how the same rhetoric could lead to completely contradictory responses, depending on the Chamber in which it was used, and thus the different degrees of responsability of the legislators involved.
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Anne Verjus. Entre principes et pragmatisme : députés et sénateurs dans les premiers débats sur le suffrage des femmes en France (1919-1922). Politix, De Boeck Supérieur, 2000, 13 (51), pagination non précisée. ⟨halshs-00003787⟩

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