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Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law by Cheryl Saunders, Thomas Fleiner, Mark Tushnet

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23Sites of constitutional struggle for women’s equality

Ruth Rubio-Marín and Wen-Chen Chang

23.1 Introduction

Constitutionalism and citizenship have been historical paradigms to advance egalitarian, rights-based visions of political justice. Locating the birth of modern constitutionalism with the French and American Revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century, we realize that even in the West, where the liberal revolutions first led to the affirmation of rights-based constitutionalism proclaiming, as the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen did, the ‘freedom and equality in rights of men at birth’,1 the word men had to be interpreted literally, and not simply as an expression of the generic use of the masculine terminology. ...

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