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 WOMEN IN GERMANYISPR 270D-01MONICA KEMPSKI
 
 
In a world of corruption, gender discrimination and violence, many women are denied of their rights. Germany is one of the many nations that have achieved great strides for the femininesex. Politically, economically, and socially, German women have emerged as strong andindependent beings. However, there is some corruption in regards to the treatment of women, butthe government and the German women themselves are working to resolve these issues.Germany is located in the heart of Europe, bordering many countries. These countriesinclude Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Demark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland,and Switzerland. With a population of 82,329,785 people covering 357,022 square kilometers,Germany is Europe¶s second most populous country, falling only behind Russia (CentralIntelligence Agency).Germany is an industrialized nation in Europe. This is partly due to its federal republicform of government, where the federal government and several smaller governments divided bysixteen areas work together. Within this government, there is no state-established religion. Thus, people can practice any religion of their choice. The most popular religions are Protestant andRoman Catholic. (Central Intelligence Agency).Demographically, Germany is very balanced. The total life expectancy for the populationis 79.26 years. However, males are expected to live slightly shorter lives than females at 76.26years, as compared to 82.42 years. In Germany, the population is shrinking by .053 percent. Thisis due to the birth rate of 8.18 births out of every thousand people being lower than the deathrate, which is 10.9 out of every thousand people. In each age group, there are almost even one-to-one ratios between men and women. Thus, there is evidence that there is no gender preference
 
 
that will reflect abortions of one particular sex when it comes to births (Central IntelligenceAgency).Germany is excels socioeconomically. For instance, their education system has anextremely prosperous nature. In fact, they were one of the first countries to have a free educationsystem. This free system extends to cover a person all the way through college. Originally, onlymen could attend college until 1899 when women gained access to higher education. In a 1899
 New York Times
article, a German Count is quoted saying, ³We have become a strong nation,enjoying great prestige abroad´ ("New York Times"). Education is prestigious today becauseliteracy rates are extremely high. These rates stand at ninety nine percent for both men andwomen (Country Reports). These facts display that one sex is not discriminated against ineducation because both men and women can engage in an education if they so choose.Germany also shines socioeconomically because Germans are very healthy. Statisticsshow that there is an extremely low obesity rate, low percentage of smokers, and a high ninety percent immunization rate for all ages ("Nationmaster.com")The twentieth century was important to Germany¶s history. During this period, women progressed greatly in regards to their rights. In 1919, woman gained their suffrage. Then yearslater during World War Two, women emerged from the home and worked in place of the menwho were fighting in the war. In addition, women became
Trummerfrauen
, where they wereassigned to tend to the wounded, bury the dead, gather belongings, and clean up the rubble fromthe war. After the war, a divided Germany yielded different roles for women. In West Germany,an influx of immigrants made women unneeded in the workplace. These women returned to their role at the home. However, communist East Germany made it mandatory for women to work.

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