This article focuses on the implementation of public policies around sexual health and gender equality by feminist workers in France’s family planning agency (“Planning familial”). While insisting upon its autonomy, Planning Familial maintains close relations with the state, especially given that its departmental associations play a key role in the implementation of public policies around sexual health and gender equality. Given this intermediary position, the question naturally arises, how does Planning Familial negotiate its dual objectives of activism and service provision? By focusing on the work of Planning Familial’s agents –with a particular emphasis on both the organization of the work and the career paths of feminist workers– this article reveals the differentiated appropriation of public policy by feminist associations at the local level and explains the reasons behind the often contrasting feminist politicizations of public policies in the domain of gender equality.
- Public policies