Success/ Failure of Nazi Policies on Women

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Nazi Policies on women The 1933 Law for the Encouragement of Marriage (newly married couples given loan of 1000 marks - for each child produced they got to keep 250 marks and did not have to repay.) These loans were for “vouchers for furniture and other household goods, provided, of course, that the women gave up work on marriage and devoted herself to motherhood” Women who had over eight children were given the Motherhood Cross (handed out on Hitler's mother's birthday) Abortion outlawed and contraceptives hard to come by. Young women had to join the BDM which taught them how to be perfect housewives and child producers. Nazi's established 'Lebensborn' during the war - this was where unmarried women could go to meet racially pure SS men…show more content…
31,000 were divorced because of an “Irretrievable breakdown”. 197,000 were divorced because of “Matrimonial offences, including adultery” which shows that the influence over people in Germany had decreased by then. Average number of children in 1933 was 3.6. By 1939 it had decreased to 3.3. This might of been because Germany was too busy (focusing on the war with Britain and France declaring war on Germany as they invaded Poland) to worry about statistics. With the average number of children per family decreasing, the war did not allow them to focus on propaganda in an attempt to try and get it increasing again. Women’s employment when Hitler came to power (Jan 1933) had decreased. This was because Hitler needed to keep his promise to increase the employment again. To deal with this problem he put ideas into girls/women’s heads that their life was Kinder, Kirche und Küche (Children, Church and Kitchen) because if women were not working, it would free up jobs for men. Also women would not be counted as unemployed because they would not be working so the unemployment statistics would go down, making it look like he kept his promise. In 1933 many women accepted this “brainwashing” from Hitler as they wanted to do anything that could “make their fatherland great again.” By 1939 despite Nazi policies, female employment remained high, with the overall numbers increasing. In addition, many female professionals (accepted in politics and law) were able to continue their
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