Exhibition of the “Mothers of the German Basic Law” at the Library of FAU
18. Feb. 2019
On March 8, 2019, FAU is opening an exhibition of the “Mothers of the German Basic Law”. The exhibition starts on the International Women’s Day and honors special merits of four women who dedicated themselves to the political work in the Parliamentary Council for the equality of women and men about 70 years ago. On September 1, 1948, the Parliamentary Council, consisting of 65 women and men, met for the first time in Bonn to discuss the text of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. The admission of Article 3 Paragraph 2: “Men and women have equal rights” was voted for by Helene Wessel (center-party), Elisabeth Selbert (SPD), Frieda Nadig (CDU), and Helene Weber (CDU). We can hardly imagine what they must have been going through: rejection, critique, and incomprehension. Unflinching and on the basis of a long international war, they finally obtained the wording. On May 23, 1949, the German Basic Law was signed. This exhibition reminds us of the four daring and powerful women.
There will be a presentation on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 2 pm, 5 days before the exhibition ends on Sunday, March 29, 2019.