Gender equality has otherwise featured little in a campaign dominated by the war in Ukraine and the cost of living, but feminist organizations and academics are nonetheless working to highlight the major challenges women in the country face over the next five years, including femicide, gendered Islamophobia, pay inequality and precarious employment.
In his five years in office, Macron's government has racked up a number of policies that have made life easier for women, from making contraception free for under-25s
to extending abortion term limits
, boosting paternity leave
and opening up fertility treatment
to lesbian couples and single women for the first time. But French feminist organizations say gender equality causes still require serious structural change and major financing.