Die Gleichheit

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Die Gleichheit (Equality)  
Die Gleichheit 8 June 1917.jpg
Die Gleichheit 8 June 1917
Former name
Die Arbeiterin (The Worker),
Discipline Socialist
Language German
Edited by Clara Zetkin
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Bi-monthly

Die Gleichheit (Equality) was a Social Democratic bimonthly magazine issued by the women's proletarian movement in Germany from 1892 to 1923. For many years it was the official organ of the international women's socialist movement.


Die Gleichheit had appeared in early 1890 as Die Arbeiterin (The Worker), a successor to the short-lived Die Staatsbürgerin (The Citizeness) founded by Gertrud Guillaume-Schack and banned in June 1886.[1] Die Arbeiterin was published by the Social Democrat Emma Ihrer in Velten for more than a year from 1890–91 with little success. In January 1892 it was placed in the hands of Clara Zetkin (1857–1933) by the SPD-affiliated Dietz-Verlag when the sheet was facing financial ruin.[2] Zetkin renamed the paper Die Gleichheit when she took over.[1]


Zetkin edited the paper until 1917.[3] At the First International Conference of Socialist Women in Stuttgart, 1907 it was reported that the magazine had a distribution of 70,000 copies. The editorial board of Die Gleichheit was elected as the central organ of the international movement of socialist women until the next international congress.[3] By 1910 Die Gleichheit, the central socialist organ for women workers, had a circulation on 80,000. At the Second International Women's Conference in Copenhagen in 1910 Die Gleichheit was once again recognized as the official organ of the international women's socialist movement.

From 1919 to 1922 the paper was edited by Clara Bohm-Schuch. The paper ceased publication in 1923.[3]


  1. ^ a b Mutert 1996, p. 84.
  2. ^ Zelfel 2004, p. 96.
  3. ^ a b c Kollontai 1984.