Table of Contents

Introduction : gender, rights, and the limits of equality in Czechoslovakia.
Masaryk, feminism, and democracy in the Czech lands.
The fight over the Czechoslovak civil code.
One family, one nation : the problem of married women's citizenship.
Women in the civil service.
Abortion politics in interwar Czechoslovakia.
Women and politics in the Czech lands after Munich.
The limits of citizenship in the people's democracy. "Through extensive original research, Melissa Feinberg assembles a compelling account of how early Czech progress in women's rights, tied to democratic reforms, eventually lost momentum in the face of political challenges facing the state in a young republic. Elusive Equality offers a prism to help sharpen our view of the evolution of twentieth-century European democracy and provides a cautionary tale for all who want to see democratic governments thrive."--Jacket.