Changes for Workers and Women


Intro- Changes for workers & women

  • Period 1924-29 saw important improvements for women & workers in Germany.
  • But there was still underlying problems in German society
  • Living standards improved after 1923, because of gov. funding & policies 
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Changes in Living Standards- Wages & work

  • P= Working hours reduced 
  • P=Wages rose 
  • P=Working conditions improved 
  • N= Hyperinflation made employment insecure 
  • N= Wealthy German's resented workers benefiting 
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Changes in Living Standards-Housing

  • P= 15% rent tax introduced to fund building associations 
  • P= Between 1925-29, 101,000 homes were built 
  • N= Still a housing shortage buy things had improved 
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Changes of Living Standard- Unemployment insurance

  • P= 3% of workers earnings deducted to be put towards insurance so it would give them a basic amout of benefits if they got unemployed or sick 
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Women at Work

  • Some of gains brought about by WW1 were lost 
  • Most women gave up work after they married 
  • A drop in women from 75% in 1918 to 36% to 25 
  • Few women secured high-status jobs 
  • an increase in part time work 
  • Some professions e.g. teaching & medicine offered new opportunities for Women  
  • Women encouraged to go University 
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Women at Leisure

  • Greater earning power led to more independece for younger & single women 
  • Women less interested in marriage & family and more in having 'a good time' 
  • Behaviour of 'new women' disliked by some who felt traditional values eroded by this 
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Women in Politics

  • In 1918, Women could vote & could stand for elections 
  • 90% turned at elections 
  • Article 109 of constitution stated women had equal rights as men and could enter professions on equal basis 
  • Marriage an equal partnership
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