Take to the Streets on 8 March!

Germany’s first Women’s Day took place in 1911, with 8 March becoming the established date from 1921. In 1977, the United Nations also declared 8 March to be International Women’s Day. In this essay, Veza Clute-Simon of the Digital German Women’s Archive outlines the demands of women’s associations and women’s groups in their campaign to abolish paragraph 219 of the German penal code. The author provides some context by looking back at the history of the country’s abortion laws.