Else Mayer

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Else Mayer (1891–1962) was a German nun and women's liberation activist during the period of the First-wave feminism. She was one of the pioneers of the German Women's Liberation Movement.

Else Mayer was the daughter of the German jeweler Victor Mayer. She spent her childhood and youth in the family business before she became a nun. After she visited several nunneries she decided to found her own, Erlöserbund, in 1916. With the support of her family she bought buildings in Bonn and started to support young female students who received housing from her.

Erlöserbund was closed in 2005 and reorganized as a charitable foundation. The Else Mayer Foundation presents an annual award, the Else Mayer Award, to applicants who are deemed to qualify as ideological successors to Else Mayer. The award constitutes in 4000 euro. German Education Minister Annette Schavan was the inaugural recipient of this award in 2006. The German feminist Alice Schwarzer received the award in 2007.


  • The Else Mayer Foundation official Website [1]
  • Else Mayer Award [2]
  • Bonn Newspaper [3]