Target: France Women’s Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
Goal: Applaud the overturning of 200-year-old law forbidding women from wearing pants in Paris
Recently a two-hundred-year-old law was repealed in Paris. This law banned women from wearing pants within the city. Although the law was not enforced, overturning it is a step forward for women’s rights. It makes men and women truly equal in the eyes of the law, not just the eyes of those enforcing the law. Overturning this law is a move that should be applauded.
The original law was passed in 1800. It has been modified before to allow women to wear pants only when riding a horse or bicycle. Although the law has not been enforced in recent years, it was allowed to remain. This has been problematic, as the law was designed to prevent women from gaining positions of power in the French Revolution or in certain offices or occupations. By keeping the law, the government kept the power to oppress women if they chose to do so. Instead, the government of Paris has chosen to give up this power in order to preserve the rights of women.
Overturning this law is a major step forward for women’s rights. It is important that women and men have the same rights in the law as well as in society. According to Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s women’s right minister, the law is ‘incompatible with the principles of equality between women and men, which are listed in the Constitution, and in France’s European commitments.’ Women in Paris have been wearing pants for years, but this act makes it finally legal for them to do so. The law should not restrict the rights of anyone, and the government of France acknowledges this with its action. Applaud the overturning of this law.
Dear Minister Vallaud-Belkacem:
Recently you announced that a 200-year-old law forbidding women to wear pants in Paris was repealed. This law has existed since 1800 and has been used to forbid women from entering office or opportunities that would have required pants. Although the law has not been enforced in recent years, its existence allowed the government to have the option to oppress women.
I applaud you for repealing this law. Even though it may only make a small difference to the society of Paris, it is a symbolic step forward for women’s rights. Women and men deserve equal protection and opportunities under the law. Repealing the law is a step towards this equality, and I commend you on this move.
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