Today is a perfect occasion to feature the Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv, the digital German women’s archives, as well as Atria, the institute on gender equality and women’s history.
The DDF, launched last year, is a new portal dedicated to making selected historical sources documenting the history of women’s movements in (mostly) German speaking countries available online to a broad public audience. The portal features thematic essays that provide context for selected documents, as well as biographical essays on key actors, for example on Louise Otto Peters or Clara Zetkin. The portal combines digitized sources from over 40 archives, libraries and other memory institutions that are collecting resources documenting the history of women’s and lesbian movements.
The currently 46 essays focus on analyzing specific sources, such as Claudia Schoppmann’s essay about Anna Elisabet Weirauch’s novel trilogy Der Skorpion, or cover broader thematic areas based on a range of sources, such as on the influence of the 19th century bourgeois women’s movement on the professionalization of social work.
Particularly relevant for today is Kerstin Wolff’s essay
on the history of the International Women’s Day, which was initiated by the
International Socialist Women’s Conference in Copenhagen in 1910, and first
celebrated in Denmark, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Switzerland and the United
States. Wolff highlights the role of Clara Zetkin und Käte Duncker in mobilizing
support for International Women’s Day as part of the campaign for women’s