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“The Women’s Matter Is a Legal Matter”

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emancipation   equal rights   women lawyers   women lawyers’ associations and societies   Weimar Republic   Federal Republic of Germany


In this article, the author considers women’s reformist milieus and women’s legal associations and unions, as well as investigates their development since the Weimar Republic until the 1950s. She discusses the actions of female lawyers educated in Germany as well as the activity of their associations with regard to the fight for equality. Even though German universities started to accept women to law studies at the beginning of the 20th century – and women could not sit exams or work in their profession until 1922 (except for several Lands) – it did not stop women from establishing their own associations and being active in forcing changes leading to equal education, employment, voting, or family and civil laws for both men and women. Their efforts were terminated by WWII. Nevertheless, the experience they had gained in the public activities bore fruits during the mobilisation of women at the time of conflict with regard to the wording of the Article 3 in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 2657-3679




pol   eng

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Copyright by Helena Flam