Women’s Day: A Law to Regulate Gender Equality

The LREM deputies tabled Monday, on the occasion of the international day of women’s rights, a bill aimed at “accelerating economic and professional equality” between women and men.

“Women’s money has often been seen as extra income, sometimes pocket money. All women, regardless of their background, whether they have children or not, should be able to benefit from a financial autonomy and claim economic equality with men “, for their benefit but also that” of society “, argues to the deputy Marie-Pierre Rixain, president of the delegation for the rights of women in the Assembly, which carries this text.

Ms Rixain hopes for a review of the text in May for adoption before the end of the year.

Single-parent family, banking emancipation …
In its first articles, the bill provides for “the obligation” to pay wages or social benefits into a bank account “of which the employee is the holder or co-holder”.

It was not until July 13, 1965 that Parliament passed a law authorizing women to open a bank account in their name and to work without the consent of their husbands, recalls the member.

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The text is also addressed to the 85% of women at the head of single-parent families, for whom the parental load is “increased tenfold”, by allowing access to training devices and by reserving places in crèche for these families benefiting from family support allowance.

It also aims to “fight against gender bias” in professional choices, while women are only 26% in engineering schools, by proposing to design an “equality index” in educational establishments. higher education and to promote a mix of juries.

It provides that companies with more than 1,000 employees publish each year a “gender photograph” of the 10% of positions of highest responsibility.

It also intends to introduce “diversity objectives” in the support for companies of the public bank BpiFrance, while women have “30% less chances” than men of obtaining financing for their company.

While Emmanuel Macron and the majority intend to focus on the social aspect which must rebalance a five-year term marked by major security laws, Ms. Rixain explains that this text is part of “a logic of equal opportunities and justice economic”.