The Role of Women in Nazi Germany
‘The role of women in Nazi Germany?’ what is it? In this essay I will
explain to you what the role of women in Nazi Germany was all about
and how Hitler came to power in Germany and made changes which
affected what women did. Hitler made changes in the way people lived
their lives. I will also use the sources to back up my answers. I will
then decide if the Nazis believed men were better than women.
Adolf Hitler first came to power in Germany, January 1933 when he was
made chancellor. After that, Hitler took control of the Reichstag.
Hitler then introduced the enabling law which destroyed the Weimar
constitution. It gave Hitler the power to pass any laws without asking
the Reichstag and without the agreement of the president. This meant
that Hitler could pass on any laws which can change how women live
their lives in Nazi Germany.
Hitler did pass many laws which changed how women lived their lives.
Source 2 shows the rules of how German women were meant to look. This
was written from the league of German maidens.
A German woman does not use make up!
A German woman does not smoke!
A German woman has a duty to keep herself fit and healthy!
These laws were passed to show how women, were wanted to be looked
like by Hitler. However, some German women did not appreciate Hitler
with his laws of not being able to wear make up and not allowed to be
able to smoke. So now and then the laws were broken especially when
Hitler encouraged women to marry, women wanted to look good so they
put make up on and also died there hair blonde.
Women in Nazi Germany were to have a very specific role. Hitler was
very clear about this and it was what changed there lives. This role
was that they should be good mothers bringing up children at home
while there husbands worked. Hitler saw no reason why a woman should
work. He passed a law which gave loans of 1000 Reichsmarks to women
who got married, as shown in source 8. The whole point if that was to
encourage women to marry and give up her job. Women were respected if
they had four children, six children or even eight children. Mothers
got rewarded bronze if they had four children, silver for six children
and eight for gold as shown in source 3.
Mother craft classes that helped mothers cope with children and taught
how to look after there children were introduced. Homes for unmarried
mothers were set up to allow unmarried women to become pregnant often
by a ‘racially pure’ member of the SS. Despite Hitler all of a sudden
wanting women to produce babies but he does not explain why? I think
the reason behind this is that Hitler probably wanted Germany to be
racially pure (Aryan) populated place so that other countries would
respect the Germans and not the Jews, gypsies and many more.
German women had...