Publisher description for Women of Europe : women MEPs and equality policy / Elizabeth Vallance and Elizabeth Davies.

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Counter Although women are severely under-represented in national politics in Europe, in the European Parliament they are better represented than they are in the national parliaments of the EEC member states. This book examines why this is so. Based largely on their detailed interviews with women MEPs, the authors describe the latter's backgrounds, attitudes and political experience. They also explain the history, structure and organisation of the European Parliament and outline the complexities of the European legal system. A particular concern of the book is the contribution that women MEPs have made to legislation and policy, expecially in the context of recent Community legislation on sex equality, and what impact their presence has had on issues relating to women's interests.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Women legislators Europe, European Parliament, Women in politics Europe, Feminism Europe