Gender of European Community Personnel (The)

Fausta Deshormes La Valle. Source: with the kindly authorization of the Deshormes family © Deshormes Family


The process of European construction that began in the 1950s has accompanied the social evolutions of the twentieth century. Highly advanced policies for gender equality were defined and implemented in the context of the European Community (EC) and later the European Union (EU). These policies have sometimes been presented as models for gender mainstreaming, although one may legitimately wonder whether European institutions applied within their own administration the principles they were promoting abroad.