Women in Germany

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Women in Germany
François-Joseph Kinsoen - Portrait of a German Princess.JPG
A portrait of a German princess
Gender Inequality Index
Value 0.075 (2012)
Rank 6th
Maternal mortality (per 100,000) 7 (2010)
Women in parliament 32.4% (2012)
Females over 25 with secondary education 96.2% (2010)
Women in labour force 53.0% (2011)
Global Gender Gap Index[1]
Value 0.7583 (2013)
Rank 14th out of 136

The traditional role of women in Germany in German society was often described by the so-called "four K" in the German language, namely Kinder (children), Kirche (church), Küche (kitchen), and Kleider (clothes), indicating that their duty was only to mainly take care of bearing and rearing children, attending to religious activities, cooking and serving food, and dealing with clothes and fashion. However, their roles have changed during the 20th century. After attaining the right to vote in German politics in 1919, German women began to take active roles in assuming positions customarily done only by German men. After the end of World War II, they were labeled as the Trümmerfrauen or "women of the rubble" because they took care of the "wounded, buried the dead, salvaged belongings," and they participated in the "hard task of rebuilding war-torn Germany by simply clearing away" the rubble and ruins of war.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Global Gender Gap Report 2013". World Economic Forum. pp. 12–13. 
  2. ^ Women In German Society, German Culture, germanculture.com

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