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Google Doodle honors German author, feminist, and proponent of gender equality Hedwig Dohm

<p>The 192nd birthday of German novelist Hedwig Dohm is being commemorated with the Google Doodle. She was a proponent of gender equality and a pioneering feminist.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-191734″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-google-doodle-honors-german-author-feminist-and-proponent-of-gender-equality-hedwi-750×500.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com google doodle honors german author feminist and proponent of gender equality hedwi” width=”1394″ height=”929″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-google-doodle-honors-german-author-feminist-and-proponent-of-gender-equality-hedwi-750×500.jpg 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-google-doodle-honors-german-author-feminist-and-proponent-of-gender-equality-hedwi-1024×683.jpg 1024w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-google-doodle-honors-german-author-feminist-and-proponent-of-gender-equality-hedwi-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-google-doodle-honors-german-author-feminist-and-proponent-of-gender-equality-hedwi-150×100.jpg 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-google-doodle-honors-german-author-feminist-and-proponent-of-gender-equality-hedwi.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 1394px) 100vw, 1394px” title=”Google Doodle honors German author, feminist, and proponent of gender equality Hedwig Dohm 6″></p>
<p>Hedwig Dohm was born on September 20, 1831, in Berlin, Germany, into a large family with eighteen siblings. She had always loved to read and enjoyed her time at school. Her parents opted to stop her formal education when she was just fifteen because she needed to assist with household tasks. But since she was keen to keep studying, she convinced her parents to allow her to enroll at Lehrerinnenseminar, a women’s teachers’ college.</p>
<p>Dohm married Kladderadatsch, the proprietor of the satirical weekly newspaper, in 1853. Her husband was highly supportive of her ambition to write, and they had in-depth debates about politics and art. Over the years, she gave birth to five children, four of them were girls. Throughout these early years of parenthood, she devoted to raising her children and worked to provide them the opportunities she had not been given. Her home evolved into a popular gathering place for intellectuals and artists in Berlin.</p>
<p>Early in the 1870s, after her children had grown up, Dohm decided to pursue a career as a writer. With “Was die Pastoren von den Frauen denken” (What the Clergy Thinks About Women), she responded to conservative writing that opposed women attending college.</p>
<p>She gained notoriety via the publication of books like “Die Antifeministen” (The Antifeminists), which probed people who opposed women’s rights. Dohm was one of the few German feminists at the time to advocate for women’s voting rights. She also wrote a number of works, including “Sibilla Dalmar,” “Schicksale einer Seele,” and “Christa Rolan,” all of which were about the battles that contemporary women were fighting against patriarchal societies.</p>
<p>In 1888, she founded the Deutsche Frauenverein Reform and contributed to the first few chapters. This initiative supported women having equal access to all university courses. Dohm is praised for her sharp societal commentary in her artwork. Germany as a whole is covered by Hedwig Dohm’s Google Doodle.</p>
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