"Votes for Women - The 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Germany" 30 August 2018 to 20 January 2019 at the Historischen Museum

 

With a major centennial exhibition focussing on Germany as a whole, the Historisches Museum Frankfurt will call attention to the women who figured in the establishment of the Weimar Republic and the introduction of women’s suffrage in Germany in 1918/1919. In its first major temporary exhibition to take place on approximately 1,000 square metres in the new building opening in 2017, the Historisches Museum Frankfurt will present the historical events of the years 1918/1919 and the female protagonists associated with them.

Skulpturengalerie Historisches Museum, Flora (Detail) © Hochbauamt Frankfurt am Main

On 19 January 1919, the hour had struck! For the first time, women were allowed to vote and be elected in Germany. The end of World War I and the collapse of the Wilhelmine Empire set the scene: a resolution of the Council of the People’s Deputies established the full participation of women in political life. The three-class franchise was abolished, and all women and men from the age of twenty could now vote for the politicians of their choice in an equal, secret and direct election for the Weimar National Assembly. The turn of the year 1918/1919 marked a significant turning point in German history: the November Revolution had paved the way for German democracy and the closely related political equalization of men and women. 1918 and 1919 are thus years worth remembering and honouring – on the 100th birthday of parliamentary democracy and the 100th anniversary of the introduction of women’s suffrage.

The exhibition will work with a large number of audio and film sources giving voices and faces to the contemporaries of the period in question and their political speeches, discussions and stances.

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