Weimar Republic Golden Years - Women

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  • Employment
    • Women were paid considerably less than men.
    • Many had to leave their job for marriage.
    • De-mobalisation laws required women to leave their jobs for ex-soldiers
    • Blamed for male un-employment.
    • Lack of improvement for women
      • Sexual freedom
        • Abortion became a crime.
        • Declining birth rate was attacked by conservative press saying it threatened the health of the nation.
  • Individuals
    • Women's suffrage in 1919 didn't bring equality.
    • Paula Muller-Ofried - opposed woman's suffrage, warning it wouldn't improve women's lives.
    • Lack of improvement for women
      • Sexual freedom
        • Abortion became a crime.
        • Declining birth rate was attacked by conservative press saying it threatened the health of the nation.
  • Politics and public freedom
    • Few parties supported feminist issues.
    • No female representatives in the Reichstag
    • Only communists made gender equality a key point in their aims.
    • No women became cabinet members and no political party had a female leader.
  • Catholic and Protestant churches opposed birth control, divorce and abortion.

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