Democratic Women's League of Germany

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Democratic Women's League of Germany
Demokratischer Frauenbund Deutschlands
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FormationMarch 1947; 71 years ago (1947-03)
TypeMass organization
PurposeWomen's rights
Membership (1988)
1.5 million
Parent organization
National Front

The Democratic Women's League of Germany (German Demokratischer Frauenbund Deutschlands, or DFD) was the mass women's organisation in East Germany.

It was established in March 1947 and had the following official aims:

  • Removal of fascist ideas
  • Education for women
  • Equal rights
  • Fair social living conditions
  • Education of children in the spirit of humanism and peace
  • Co-operation with the international women's movement

It was one of the members of the National Front and sent representatives to the Volkskammer. In 1988, membership was 1.5 million.[1]

Chairwomen of the Democratic Women's League of Germany[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office
Anne-Marie Durand-Wever 1947 1948
Emmy Damerius-Koenen 1948 1949
Elli Schmidt 1949 September 1953
Ilse Thiele September 1953 November 1989
Eva Rohmann 1989 1990
Gisela Steineckert 1990 1990


  1. ^ Dirk Jurich, Staatssozialismus und gesellschaftliche Differenzierung: eine empirische Studie, p.32. LIT Verlag Münster, 2006, ISBN 3825898938