Last April, the European Commission proposed a new set of legal and policy measures to address the conflicts between work and family responsibilities primarily
experienced by women. These measures come on the heels of a series of social policies which sought to address the discrimination faced in the labor market by working parents, and particularly women. Originally adopted to further gender equality, over the
past years, these measures have however become key elements of the EU economic governance premised on the dismantling of the traditional welfare state, labor flexibilization, and the promotion of the employability of able-bodied workers. The presentation will
explore this conceptual shift and their effects on gender equality.