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Laura L. Frader

Northeastern University
Creating Gender Equality in Europe: France, Britain and the EEC
01 October 2015 -
31 December 2015
Gender studies

Associate Fellow

Laura L. Frader is Professor of History at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and Faculty Associate at the Center for European Studies, Harvard. She holds the Gender Chair at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (Oct – dec 2015). Her work has focused on how ideas about sexual difference have shaped the meaning and practices of work and the nature of the “French social model.”

Research interests

French social history ; European women’s and gender history

Key publications

Gender and Class in Modern Europe, co-ed, Cornell University Press, 1966.
Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference, co-ed, Berghahn, 2004.
Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender and the Making of the French Social Model, Duke University Press, 2008.

The projectfocuses on the history of gender equality policies of the European Economic Community. Since the founding of the EEC, the European Union has been a powerful and progressive force committed to expanding and protecting women’s rights. Frader’s current project examines the origins of gender equality policies in the EEC in the 1957 Treaty of Rome through the major directives on equality up to the 1990s. It explains how, in spite of profound ambiguity concerning the place of women in the family and in the labor market in the 1950s, new equality policies were elaborated at the European level, and examines their effect in several Member States (Britain, France, Germany).

Contemporary period (1789-…)
Western Europe