Clingan, Lauren, "Book Review: The Gender of Capital: How Families Perpetuate Wealth Inequality by Céline Bessière and Sibylle Gollac Translated by Juliette," Gender & Society, Jun2024, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p479-481

“The Gender of Capital: How Families Perpetuate Wealth Inequality” by Céline Bessière and Sibylle Gollac explores the role of family financial relations in perpetuating unequal distributions of wealth. The authors focus on France, with some references to Western Europe and the United States, and analyze the division of family assets during divorce and inheritance. They argue that gendered and classed power relations shape these divisions, with women’s unpaid assistance and domestic work contributing to men’s accumulation of economic capital. The book also examines the role of legal professionals in legitimizing unequal wealth distribution and highlights the intersectional construction of wealth inequality.