German Studies Association Conference
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA
Abstract Submission: 10.01.2018
2018 marks 100 years of women’s suffrage in Germany and Austria, early European adopters behind only the Scandinavian countries, and 47 years post-suffrage in Switzerland, a late adopter trailed only by Lichtenstein.
What does universal suffrage mean now, in a Germany in which the Chancellor is a woman and the Parliament includes a party that claims to be an “Alternative für Deutschland”; in a Europe that is regionalizing and bunkering; in a world in which governments are in deficit while the richest citizens and multinationals avoid taxation and finance their chosen interests?
What did the vote mean then, during the heat of the struggles; when activists risked lives and livelihoods for more voice in public decision-making and self-determination; when societies were organized around working-class women’s double burdens and bourgeois women’s matrimonial hearths? Read more and source … (Web)