Mothers and Citizens: Gender and Social Policy in Germany after the First World War

TitleMothers and Citizens: Gender and Social Policy in Germany after the First World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsRouette, Susanne
JournalCentral European History
Volume30
Issue1
Pagination48-66
Date Published03/1997
Abstract

Historians have generally interpreted the early years of the Weimar Republic as an important stage in the development of the German welfare state. For the first time in the history of Germany, the state established in the constitution not only its own wideranging responsibilities and opportunities for intervention, but also the political and social rights of its citizens. Apart from “fundamentally” equal citizenship rights for womenand men (Art. 108) these also included entitlement to state support for the family and maternity as well as special state protection for marriage which, the constitution proclaimed, was to rest on an “equality of the two sexes” (Art. 119).

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