Strategies for gender democracy. Strengthening the representation of trade union women in the European social dialogue
In this article the author considers the impediments to trade union women's self-representation at the European level and strategies for improving it. She argues for lifting the discussion of women's position in the unions out of its customary frame of equality of opportunity and repositioning it in a context of representative democracy. She examines the legitimacy of speaking of "women interests" and the potential content of European women's policy concerns. The different policy needs of varied groups of women is stressed. Reflecting current feminist activism in the unions, as well as feminist theories of representative democracy, a dual strategy is proposed here: sex-proportional representation in mainstream decision-making bodies, accompanied by a strengthening of the women's structures.--SCAD summary.