Explain what role women had in Nazi society. Return to Chapter 1 on the French Revolution. Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the role of women in the two periods.
In Nazi Germany, people were repeatedly taught that women were fundamentally different from men. According to Hitler, the fight for equal rights for men and women was wrong and would destroy society. Boys were taught to be violent and masculine while girls were taught from the start that they had to become good mothers and produce pure-blooded Aryan Children. According to Nazi ideology, girls had to maintain the purity of their race, maintain distance from Jews, take care of their homes and teach their kids Nazi values because kids were considered the bearers of Aryan culture and race. Those women who bore racially undesirable children were punished while those women who bore racially desirable children were given good treatment and also entitled to concessions in shops and railway fares. For producing four children, a bronze cross was given, for six children silver, for eight gold or more. Women who deviated from the given code of conduct were publicly condemned and severely punished. Many of them were given jail sentences and lost their honour as well as families for this offense.
Whereas in the French Revolution, the role of women was completely different. Women led the movements and fought for the right to education and the right to equal wages as men. Women could not be forced by their families to marry against their will. They were also allowed to get training and jobs, become artists, or run a small business. Schooling was made mandatory for all the girls.