Helen Boak
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Women and politics
in Women in the Weimar Republic
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In the storm of Revolution with one blow full citizen rights have fallen into our lap', wrote Marie Stritt, leader of the Imperial Union for Female Suffrage, in November 1918. This chapter explores women's participation in Weimar politics, as voters, elected representatives, members of political parties and targets of their propaganda, and as political activists outside the parliamentary arena. It investigates the impact of female suffrage on German politics and political culture and will determine which parties, if any, benefited from female suffrage. German women were told that 'any woman who neglects her duty to vote harms herself and the Fatherland'. The difference between the percentages of women and men eligible to vote who actually did so narrowed in the crisis years of the early 1930s, a trend that continued into the Federal Republic.

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