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No. 145 (October 5, 1948)

Woodhouse, Chaseng
Today's women of Germany,   pp. [2]-5 PDF (3.1 MB)


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In industry, as well as on the farm and in the home, women play a big economic
role in Germany.
(US Army Signal Corps)
r F
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i Woodhouse
' Affairs, OMGUS
WIds, in the rubble, in the factories,
is the women who are and who will
Mar the major part in the reconstruct-
a of Germany. The widow re-
tonsible for the support of her
tWdren is a very typical individual.
t is not oniy a question of numbers.
Ycologically,  women  are  better
Meffited  to  reconstruction  on  a
0ocratic basis than are the men.
key have no "face to save." Since
03 they have had no status. In fact,
air post World War I spurt to a
Bter Position flickered out by 1928.
try were not part of policymaking
ld Germany. They have everything
tfai, nothing to lose in a democratic
1 1lization  which  sweeps away
rstifling traditions.
Erc example, it was my -impression
t village women were more friendly
.and consolidation than were their
ds. This was corroborated by
of Military Government who
i In that field. The practical con-
%tation of walking so far and in so
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many different directions to till the
fields quite overcame the attachment
for "my father's land" held by the
men.
FORTUNATELY, German women have
F   organizations which make it pos-
sible to reach them. There are no
parallel organizations among the men.
These organizations are of three main
types: confessional; political; and non-
confessional, non-political independent.
There are also women's groups con-
nected with the trade unions and with
the cooperatives, a few non-con-
fessional welfare organizations and a
few professional organizations.
Before 1933, German women's organi-
zations were growing in influence. A
number had international connections
and a few were closely connected
An edlerlv women costs her vote in the municipal elections at Munich.


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