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She joined the CDU in 1945, and became a member of the CDU-Bundesvorstand in 1956. From 1958 to 1971 she was the chief of CDU-women (Frauen-Union). Her highest job in the CDU party was as Deputy Chief of the CDU from 1967 to 1969.
She was a member of the German Bundestag from 1949 to 1972, during which time she represented the Cologne III district. For three years, from 1965 to 1968 she was the deputy leader of the CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion. She was appointed Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in October 1968. She held this post until Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger lost the election in 1969.
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