Equal Rights, Equal Duties – Women’s Suffrage in Germany

On 24 September 2017, the Federal Republic of Germany will be holding elections to its national parliament, the “Bundestag”, for the 19th time. Of those standing for election this year, 14,000 are women (or 29 percent of all candidates). Women even dominate the top of candidate lists fielded by parties such as the Greens, Die Linke, and the SPD. Furthermore, since 2005 Germany has been led by a female chancellor. A hundred years ago, this would have been unthinkable.