Sexing the benefit: women, social security, and financial independence in EC sex equality law

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Dartmouth, 1996 - Law - 244 pages
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The aim of this study is to examine EC equality law in the field of statutory social security to consider the effectiveness of the legislation in bringing women closer to the goal of financial independence from men. The study critically considers EC equality law from a feminist perspective. It goes on to examine in detail EC legislation and case law in this area. Thirdly, the study assesses the implementation of EC equality law in this area in four countries: the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium. Criteria for assessing future policy options, legislation or court decisions are offered. The study demonstrates that the concept of equality as currently understood in EC Law is fundamentally limited in being able to change the unequal outcomes suffered by women in terms of their lack of financial independence from men. This is in part due to the fact that EC equality law fails to address the lack of recognition accorded to unpaid caring work by focusing equality on workers and employment-related benefits.

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