Announcement of the Conference: »Entering the Parliamentary Stage – Women in Parliament and Politics in international Comparison«

A conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the introduction of women’s suffrage in Germany

6 TO 8 MARCH 2019

Although the movement for women’s suffrage communicated transnationally and was linked internationally, the common goal of introducing women’s suffrage was achieved at very different times and under unequal conditions: while the spectacular actions of the British suffragettes only achieved gradual success from 1920 onwards, in Finland a not particularly strong women’s movement had already asserted itself in 1906. In France, on the other hand, the right to vote was only introduced after the Second World War.

The historical conference „Entering the parliamentary stage – Women in Parliament and Politics in International Comparison“ will take the 100th anniversary of the introduction of women’s suffrage in Germany as an opportunity to discuss these country-specific developments regarding women’s voting rights. The conference also focuses on the prerequisites and courses of women’s parliamentary careers, the staging of femininity in the parliamentary arena, and the public resonance that women politicians‘ work has from now on met. Renowned historians from Europe and the USA will give lectures.

The conference is organized by the Commission for the History of Parliamentarianism and Political Parties (KGParl, Berlin) in cooperation with the Chair of Gender History at the Historical Institute of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, the Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague) and the »Masaryk-Institute and Archive« of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague).


Event Location

Deutscher Bundestag
Anhörungssaal – Raum 3.101
Adele-Schreiber-Krieger-Straße 1
10117 Berlin


Due to the security regulations of the German Bundestag, participation in the conference is only possible after registration. Admission is via the main entrance of the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, Adele-Schreiber-Krieger-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin. Please have an official photo ID ready for admission control and carry it with you for the entire duration of the event. Allow sufficient time for the security check and subsequent registration.


Program [Conference Program as PDF]

Welcome by Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the German Bundestag and
Panel Discussion with active an former Politicians


SECTION 1 / National asynchrony – the momentum of the introduction of women’s suffrage

  • PASI IHALAINEN (Jyväskylä) / TIINA KINNUNEN (Oulu): Inter- and transnational Aspects of the Introduction of Women’s Suffrage in Finland 1906
  • KERSTIN WOLFF (Kassel): The German Women’s Voting Rights Movement after the  »Easter Message« of 1917 – Departure for new Shores?
  • CORRINE M. MCCONNAUGHY (Washington): The Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States of America
  • MARIE BAHENSKÁ / JANA MALíNSKÁ (Prag): A Woman on the Ballot – The Elections for the Bohemian State Parliament in 1908 and at the Beginning of the Czechoslovak Republic
  • FRANÇOISE THÉBAUD (Avignon): Freedom – Equality – Fraternity: The »belated« Introduction of Women’s Suffrage in France
  • TOBIAS KAISER (Berlin): Sufragettes and Suffragists in international Networks

SECTION 2 / Prerequisites and course of parliamentary careers of women

  • ANDREAS LINSENMANN (Koblenz-Landau) / MARKUS RAASCH (Mainz): Catholic-feminine agency in a male world – The women of political catholicism
  • KIRSTEN HEINSOHN (Hamburg):  The importance of Associations and Parties in the course of Women’s parliamentary Careers
  • IVAN SABLIN (Heidelberg): Minority Women and Revolutionary Parliaments. The Cases of Russian and Soviet Assemblies in 1917–1922 and 1989–1993
  • IWONA DADEJ (Berlin/Warschau): The Polish Parliament 1919–1939 in a Gender Perspective – A collective Biography


SECTION 3 / Political performance and everyday-life in parliament

  • MARIE-LUISE RECKER (Frankfurt a.M.): »The whole range of political topics?« Female fields of activity and male power
  • ANDREAS SCHULZ (Berlin): The Staging of Femininity in political Space
  • PAUL SEAWARD (London): »Gender Wars« in the UK Parliament since 1918
  • CARLA HOETINK / HARM KAAL (Nijmegen): »This is a man’s world…«? Female performance in Dutch Parliament, 1918–2018
  • ADÉLA GJURIČOVÁ (Prag): Standing for women? Female presence in socialist parliaments
  • MURIEL FAVRE (Frankfurt): Outstanding speakers? Performances by Änne Brauksiepe, Helene Wessel and Grethe Thiele in the Bundestag defense debate on February 8, 1952

SECTION 4 / Public resonance and media discourses

  • HENNING TÜRK (Potsdam): Between »weaker sex« and liberal-patriotic mother – The debate on the admission of women as spactators to Parliament in the German countries and Great Britain in the 19th century
  • ANDREAS BIEFANG (Berlin): No more breeches roles – Self- and external images of the women’s rights movement
  • CORNELIA BADDACK (Koblenz): Petticoat or pants? Political polemic between anti-feminism and emancipative affection using the example of Katharina von Kardorff-Oheimb, German People’s Party MP for the Reichstag
  • BETTINA TÜFFERS (Berlin): Feminism in Parliament? The GREENS’ Feminat in the Bundestag of the 1980s