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Title: Women, the economy and the State in Portugal: a critical look
Authors: Coelho, Lina 
Keywords: Gender contract; Female employment; Path-departure; Inequalities in Portugal
Issue Date: Sep-2015
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Sociais
Serial title, monograph or event: Oficina do CES
Volume: 428
Place of publication or event: Coimbra
Abstract: The economic and social status of Portuguese women has improved intensely over recent decades. This represents an important part of the structural changes that influenced various dimensions of economic and social life as well as the relationship between State and Community. Public resources and policies proved to be crucial for that process, which was instigated and shaped by the State, as legislator, service provider and employer. This paper intends to document and discuss this process and to show how it was only partially assimilated into the sphere of values and representations, thus creating social paradoxes and inconsistencies. It will be shown that these have been alleviated by the deep class inequalities that characterize Portuguese society. Moreover, the current crisis is putting the actual achievements in gender equality under threat.
O estatuto económico e social das mulheres portuguesas melhorou drasticamente nas últimas décadas, através de um processo complexo, com efeitos múltiplos, que perpassam a sociedade, a economia e as relações entre o Estado e a Comunidade. Os recursos públicos foram fundamentais neste processo, determinado e moldado pelo Estado enquanto legislador, prestador de serviços e empregador. Este artigo procura documentar e discutir esta mudança profunda cuja assimilação, apenas parcial, na esfera dos valores e das representações dominantes criou não conformidades e contradições cuja acomodação tem sido conseguida no quadro das grandes desigualdades de classe que caracterizam a sociedade portuguesa. Por outro lado, a crise atual coloca novas ameaças às realizações já conseguidas no domínio da igualdade de género.
Le statut économique et social des femmes portugaises s’est considérablement amélioré au cours des dernières décennies, à travers un processus complexe, avec des effets multiples, qui ont touché la société, l’économie et les relations entre l’État et la communauté. Les ressources publiques ont été cruciales dans ce processus, qui a été guidé et façonné par l’État, en tant que législateur, fournisseur de services et employeur. Le but de ce texte est de documenter et discuter ce processus dont l’assimilation, à peine partielle, dans la sphère des valeurs et représentations dominantes a créé des contradictions qui ont été accommodées dans le contexte de profondes inégalités de classe caractérisant la société portugaise. Par ailleurs, la crise actuelle menace les progrès que l’on jugeait acquis dans le domaine de l’égalité des genres.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/32549
ISSN: 2182-7966
Rights: openAccess
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