The Struggle for Female Suffrage in Europe

Voting to Become Citizens


Whilst scholarship on women’s suffrage usually focuses on a few emblematic countries, The Struggle for Female Suffrage in Europe casts a comparative look at the articulation of women’s suffrage rights in the countries that now make up the political-unity-in-the-making we call the European Union. The book uncovers the dynamics that were at play in the recognition of male and female suffrage rights and in the definition of male and female citizenship in modern Europe. It allows readers to identify differences and commonalities in the histories of women’s disenfranchisement and sheds light on the role suffrage has played in the construction of female citizenship in European countries. It provides the background against which a new European paradigm of parity democracy is gradually asserting itself.

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Blanca Rodríguez-Ruiz, Ph.D. (1995) in Law at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) is Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Seville, Spain. Her work analyses fundamental rights, the modern family and democratic citizenship from a gender perspective.

Ruth Rubio-Marín, Ph.D (1997) at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) holds a Chair in Constitutional and Public Comparative Law at the EUI, Italy. Her areas of interests include gender and constitutional law, migration, citizenship, language rights and transitional justice.
All those interested in gender studies, women's history, women's rights and citizenship, as well as those interested in modern history and the rise of the European modern states and citizenship.
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