German Reichstag Fires Married Women from German Civil Service Hot

German Reichstag Fires Married Women from German Civil Service

Adolf Hitler at the Reichstag

The German Reichstag passes the "Gesetzes über die Rechtsstellung der weiblichen Beamten" ("Law Governing the Legal Status of Female Civil Servants and Public Officials").

Concerned that Doppelverdiener ("double earners), or families with two incomes, are preventing men from getting jobs they need, the government authorizes the firing of all married women in the civil service.

Note that this is still under the "liberal" Weimar Republic and not yet during the Nazi era. There is far more continuity of illiberal legislation and attitudes between the Weimar Republic and the Nazi regime than is typically realized.

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