Women in the Two Germanies. A Comparative Study of A by Harry G. Shaffer

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Non-nursing mothers with preschool children at home can accept such work if they want to, but cannot be required by their enterprise director to do so. Nursing mothers are to be given two 45-minute periods off per work day (two 30-minute periods in the West) at full pay; moreover, pregnant women can also take time off, again at full pay, to visit the prenatal guidance center, and new mothers to introduce their newborn at the maternity counseling center, whenever such visits cannot be arranged outside of regular working hours.

To name but a few: • • • • • • • • 1962: "Resolution on the Tasks of State Organs for the Furtherance of Women and Girls According to the Mandate of the Politburo of the SED Central Committee of Dec. " 1965. " (The preamble to this law stated clearly: "Women have equal rights [with men]. ) 1966. " 1967. ) 1968. " May 10, 1972. " June 19, 1972. " Dec. 12, 1972. (48) Finally, the Labor Law Code of 1977, currently in force, spells out in detail the intention of the GDR to continue the furtherance of women.

Some of the latter felt that women should have the right to refuse certain kinds of strenuous or potentially hazardous work without jeopardizing their jobs, but should not be prohibited from taking them if they so chose; others thought that some of the protective laws had simply become outdated. "In the days before World War I, a decent woman could hardly be out alone at night. Night work for women needed to be outlawed then. But this is no longer so," commented Dr. Helge Pross, Professor of Sociology and specialist on women in the FRG at the University of Siegen.

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