Towards a dual-earner / triple-carer model of the family for renewed solidarities

Call to Europe III, Conference paper on enhancing women's employment opportunities

Jerome De Henau

Over the last two decades, the European Commission has developed an arsenal of measures to tackle the employment gap between men and women. The going term in the gender equality agenda has become ‘equal economic independence’ between men and women, focusing on the need to reduce dependency on the partner (male breadwinner) but also reliance on the state to acquire social protection.