The dynamics of French unionism and the recent tensions between French unions and the government related to proposed changes in the French labour law can be understood more accurately from an appropriate historical perspective.
The departure of the UK would deal a serious blow to this alliance, while strengthening protectionist, centralist supporters within the EU. Such a transformation would carry with it long-term economic risks.
Over the past century, women's labor market participation has increased dramatically around the world. Nevertheless, it seems that the final steps towards equality will be the most difficult as disparities between countries remain.