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On this site you find entries on important organizations and movements that influenced modern European women’s history

The organizations and movements were selected by the students. We cover the period  from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century and mainly focus on organizations and movement  from Britain, France and Germany. The entries are organized chronologically by the three centuries and the year the organization was founded or the movement started.


Eighteenth Century (1760-1815)

Society of Revolutionary Republican Women (Société des républicaines révolutionnaires) (1793)


Nineteenth Century (1815-1914)

 General German Women’s Association (Allgemeiner Deutscher Frauenverein, ADF) (1865-2018)

 Women’s Suffrage Society (Société le suffrage des femmes) (1876-1909)

 Women’s Franchise League (1889-1903)

 Social Democratic Women’s Movement in Germany (1891-1914)

 Federation of German Women’s Associations (Bund Deutscher Frauenvereine) (1894-1933)

 National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) (1897-1928)

 Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) (1903-1917)

 French Union for Women’s Suffrage (Union Française Pour Le Suffrage Des Femmes, UFSF) (1909-1940)

 International Women’s Day (1909-2018)

 National Women’s Service (Nationaler Frauendienst) (1914-1918)


Twentieth Century (1914-1980)

  Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.) (1909-1918)

 International Women’s Peace Conference in Hague (April 18-May 1, 1915)

 Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (1915-Present)

 Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (1917-1919 and 1939-1945)

 Sex Reform Movement in Weimar Germany (1919-1933)

 National Socialist Women’s League (Nationalsozialistische Frauenschaft, NSF) (1933-1945)

 Lebensborn (Fountain of Life) (SS) (1935-1945)

 Wehrmachthelferinnen (Female Auxiliares) of the German Military (1939-1945)

 Action Council for the Liberation of Women (Aktionsrat zur Befreiung der Frauen) (1967) 

 Movement for the Liberation of Women (MLF) (1970s)

 Protest Against Paragraph 218 in 1971: “We Had Abortions”