Social Citizenship from a Feminist Perspective


Sarvasy, Wendy. 1997. “Social Citizenship from a Feminist Perspective.” Hypatia 12 (4): 54-73.

Author: Wendy Sarvasy


In this article I construct a feminist notion of social citizenship from early twentieth-century feminism in the United States. Arguing that there are four aspects to the interconnection between women's citizenship and social democracy-new modes of citizenship, a socialized view of rights, new spaces for participation, and a female-privileged definition of gender equality-I suggest that such a concept could help us move from a welfare state to a feminist social democracy.

Topics: Democracy / Democratization, Feminisms, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Political Participation Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 1997

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